Scaramucci, at one time a popular supporter for the President and briefly having served as White House Communications Director, has since joined the ‘Never Trump’ movement, voicing his support for Biden’s candidacy.
Scully published a tweet that many are speculating may have been an attempt at direct messaging.
“@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” he wrote.
Roughly 20 minutes later, Scaramucci replied, “Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down.”
The Scully tweet has since been deleted, prompting rampant online speculation as to what a supposedly impartial debate moderator is doing tweeting at someone so vehemently opposed to a participant in said debate.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 9, 2020
Why is Debate Moderator Steve Scully Tweeting at Scarmaucci?
Scully, a political editor for C-SPAN and host of “Washington Journal,” already has some background that makes his impartiality leading up to the debate a major question mark.
This tweet didn’t help those perceptions.
“Scully … has now deleted this tweet where he appears to be coordinating with Scaramucci and posted publicly instead of DM,” wrote filmmaker Caleb Hull.
Steve Scully, the moderator for the next debate, has now deleted this tweet where he appears to be coordinating with Scaramucci and posted publicly instead of DM. pic.twitter.com/jKvGivOSHM
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 9, 2020
The Daily Caller’s Greg Price seemed to agree that this was an accidental DM.
“It appears that our moderator for the next debate thinks he’s dm’ing with Scaramucci but accidentally tweeted at him,” Price wrote. “I’m sure he’ll be a fair and unbiased moderator.”
It appears that our moderator for the next debate thinks he’s dm’ing with Scaramucci but accidentally tweeted at him.
I’m sure he’ll be a fair and unbiased moderator. https://t.co/gjbulY01dY
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 9, 2020
Politico reporter Alex Thompson called the message an “odd thing,” while NewsBusters editor Curtis Houck argued, “This is not going to help the idea that Scully is *in any way* an objective and unbiased journalist and moderator.”
Joe Concha, a reporter for The Hill, described the optics of the tweet as “horrible,” and somethings that “underscore(s) mistrust is [sic] media.”
What? Why is the next presidential debate moderator publicly asking one of Trump’s staunchest critics in Anthony Scaramucci if he should respond to the president? In a related story, Scully once interned for Sen. Joe Biden. Optics here are horrible & underscore mistrust is media. https://t.co/Ipkv0CVUCA
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 9, 2020
The debate commission responded by saying Scully’s account may have been hacked.
Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf tells me that he was told debate moderator Steve Scully’s Twitter account was hacked but adds he has no direct knowledge.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 9, 2020
Fox News reports that while they claimed “Scully’s Twitter account had been hacked,” the commission “did not give specifics on its claim.”
Former Fox News personality Megyn Kelly wasn’t buying that excuse asking, “How stupid do they think we are?”
They can’t possibly go with this. How stupid do they think we are? https://t.co/RyMqBcYWUc
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 9, 2020
Trump Supporters Have Already Questioned Steve Scully’s Ability to Moderate a Debate Fairly
Scully has interned for both Democrat nominee Joe Biden and former Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy.
He addressed those roles in a 2011 interview with the Cable Center.
“I worked for Joe Biden, Senator from Delaware at the time, as an intern, so I had my first chance to really see politics up close in Washington, D.C.,” he noted.
“I worked for Senator Kennedy,” Scully continued. “I was involved in his ill-fated campaign in 1980, which was interesting; having worked as a high school student in the Carter campaign in 1976, I saw from two different perspectives.”
This is interesting. Moderator for second presidential debate (a former intern for then-Senator Joe Biden and former staff assistant for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy) …? pic.twitter.com/ULfVAwYaae
— Sister Toldjah ? (@sistertoldjah) October 9, 2020
Scully posted an image of he and Biden in 2016 grinning from ear to ear.
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) June 4, 2016
“Gotta love the [vice president],” he wrote, just as then-candidate Trump was wrapping up the Republican nomination in 2016.
White House deputy communications director Brian Morgenstern responded to the Scully/Scaramucci controversy saying the presidential debate commission “is having a bad week.”
“Mr. Scully, who interned for Joe Biden, now ‘colluding’ – to use the word the Democrats love with the Mooche – who, you know, I love The Mooche, but he’s gone way off the deep end,” Morgenstern analyzed.
“He is a wild-eyed critic of the president at this point. And now to have a debate moderator seeking his advice – I think the cat’s out of the bag,” he added.
“I don’t think Mr. Scully is impartial.”
Steve Scully, the second Debate Moderator, is a Never Trumper, just like the son of the great Mike Wallace. Fix!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
President Trump himself, in an interview with Sean Hannity, called Scully a “never-Trumper, and I think somebody said he worked for Biden at one point.”
If that wasn’t enough, Scully also, according to the Daily Mail, tweeted an opinion piece titled ‘No, Not Trump, Not Ever,’ which called the President an “affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship.”
The second debate is in doubt after the debate commission insisted it be held virtually, something Trump has refused to participate in.
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