Trump hits Biden on 'very bad showing' at town hall

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2020

When it was announced that the second Presidential Debate was cancelled due to the Biden and Trump campaign's inability to reach an agreement over a remotely distanced meeting rather than in person, both candidates ended up facing off in separate Town Halls airing on opposing networks at the exact same time Thursday night. While that alone comes as a surprise to prognosticators, who assumed that even Trump haters would tune in to watch the expected train wreck, there's an even bigger ratings shocker.

Appearing on CNN Friday afternoon to break down the numbers, Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter put into perspective the shocking nature of Biden topping Trump in the Nielsens despite only being carried on ABC - compared to Trump being broadcast on NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC.

"I was really disappointed in the NBC town hall", he said. The president's total audience across the three channels was 13.1 million, about one million fewer than Biden's audience on ABC alone. Law & Order: SUV actors Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni, and This Is Us stars Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, and Milo Ventimiglia were among over 100 celebrities to sign on to a public letter of protest over the televised town hall on October 15, 2020, according to Vanity Fair.

Donald Trump and the “nodding woman” at NBC’s Town Hall
Donald Trump and the “nodding woman” at NBC’s Town Hall

Last month Trump bragged about Reinoehl's killing in an interview with Fox News, saying, "There has to be retribution". After the president refused to do a virtual debate, the Biden campaign nearly immediately scheduled a town hall with ABC as a replacement event.

To say that Trump is obsessed with ratings is an understatement. "When, in fact, it is the Biden campaign that came out ahead".

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