Presidential debate moderator Steve Scully raised eyebrows on Thursday night with a tweet that is having critics question his objectivity ahead of the second matchup between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
Scully, who is best known as the political editor of C-SPAN and host of “Washington Journal,” sent a cryptic message that caused quite a stir on social media.
“@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” according to a tweet from his account.
That message appeared to be directed at former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who was once a supporter of President Trump but has since joined the #Resistance and has been outspoken in favor of Biden’s candidacy.
Scully, who was set to moderate a town hall debate on Oct. 15 – now crumbling after President Trump withdrew from the now-virtual event – sparked confusion and fury among critics, with many concluding that the moderator meant to send such a message to Trump’s foe privately.
“odd thing for the next debate moderator to tweet,” Politico reporter Alex Thompson reacted.
“This is not going to help the idea that Scully is *in any way* an objective and unbiased journalist and moderator,” NewsBusters managing Curtis Houck wrote.
Scully has since deleted the tweet. Whoops!