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Trump’s campaign took issue, too, with the commission’s decision to mute microphones during parts of the last debate so each candidate gets two minutes of speaking time without his rival being able to interrupt in each of six topic blocks. The president’s campaign called the move another effort to “provide advantage to their favored candidate.”
Danforth admitted that he has been “highly critical” of Trump, but said, “The conclusion that any commission member would eschew fair play to push a partisan position is, to put it mildly, ironic. The same people who decline to extend the presumption of fairness to members of the commission rightly assert that Amy Coney Barrett will put aside her personal beliefs on the Supreme Court.”
Well after the two debate debacles that the commission is supposed to be in charge of, No wonder the President has said something. The debates have been anything but impartial.
— SaberTraining (@SaberTraining) October 21, 2020
The commission chose “highly professional and experienced” moderators, Danforth said, but it “could not have anticipated” that one of them, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, would seek a Trump critic’s help in preparing for his debate and then “not own up to having done so.” He said the commission relied on Scully’s “sterling reputation for professionalism” and noted that the journalist had been attacked by Trump and his supporters.
Anything that's fair is going to be a problem for Trump
— Aidan F (@AidanF43405025) October 21, 2020
Danforth said it’s fair to question the commission’s decisions, “but there’s an enormous difference between criticizing good faith efforts and accusing the commission of corrupt favoritism. The first is helpful for improving our work. The second destroys public confidence in the most basic treasure of democracy, the conduct of fair elections. The second paves the way to violence in the streets.”
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