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C-SPAN suspended debate moderator Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted he lied about having his Twitter account hacked.

Scully, a political editor for C-SPAN, was set to moderate the second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Senator Joe Biden tonight (Oct. 15).

But the debate was canceled after Trump refused to debate Biden virtually.

Trump and Biden will hold simultaneous town hall events tonight on NBC and ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

Last week, Scully accidentally sent a tweet to Trump's former aide Anthony Scaramucci, asking, "@Scaramucci Should I respond to trump."

Scully asked Scaramucci how to respond to Trump's attacks against him on Twitter.

Trump sent a series of tweets saying the debate was rigged because Scully interned for Biden as a college student in Delaware.

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Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, was the first to claim publicly that Scully's Twitter had been hacked.

"Frank is correct," Scully said. "I am also not friends with Anthony Scaramucci."

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But Twitter users dug up old tweets by Scully who claimed his Twitter was hacked in 2012 and 2013.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Scully apologized for lying.

"I falsely claimed that my Twitter account had been hacked," Scully said. "These were both errors in judgement for which I am totally responsible for. I apologize.

Trump tweeted in response to the news:

"I was right again! Steve Scully just admitted he was lying about his Twitter being hacked. The Debate was Rigged! He was suspended from @cspan
indefinitely. The Trump Campaign was not treated fairly by the “Commission”. Did I show good instincts in being the first to know?"

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President Donald Trump says he will drop out of the second debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden if the debate goes virtual.

Trump plans to hold a rally instead of participating in the debate scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 15 in Miami, Florida.

The debate commission announced the 2nd debate would be held virtually due to the President's positive Covid-19 test on Oct. 1.

Calling the idea of a virtual debate "ridiculous", Trump told the Mornings with Maria show, "I'm not going to waste my time on a virtual debate."

After the interview, the Trump campaign issued a statement calling members of the debate commission "swamp creatures" who were trying to help Biden.

"Here are the facts: President Trump will have posted multiple negative [Covid-19] tests prior to the debate, so there is no need for this unilateral declaration," the campaign said. "The safety of all involved can easily be achieved without canceling a chance for voters to see both candidates go head to head. We'll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead."

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Trump's two eldest sons expressed outrage at the idea of a virtual debate.

Donald Trump Jr. (right) called the move "such bulls***", while Eric Trump (left) said, "Biden's mouth is watering at the notion of a virtual debate - he will have 12 teleprompters and 14 campaign staffers holding flash cards on the other side of that camera!"

The Republican mayor of Miami said President Trump shouldn't attend the debate with Biden if Trump is still testing positive for Covid-19.

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CNN anchor Dana Bash summed up last night's debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden as a "shitshow."

The first debate between Trump and Biden took place Tuesday night at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Millions tuned in to see whether Biden, 77, would hold his own against 74-year-old Trump, who was predicted to crush Biden in a seemingly one-sided debate.

But the unexpected happened.

In contrast to 2016, when a confident, self-assured Trump stalked debate challenger Hillary Clinton onstage, Trump seemed nervous and anxious at times last night.

Biden was clearly more prepared with his answers to moderator Chris Wallace's questions.

The Fox News host, who is a registered Democrat, faced criticism after the debate for showing favoritism toward Biden.

Wallace, the son of "60 Minutes" icon Mike Wallace, constantly chastised Trump for talking over Biden.

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"I guess I'm debating you, not him. But that's okay," Trump told Wallace.

Wallace faced fierce backlash from conservatives and his own colleagues over his apparent bias in favor of Biden.

The numbers don't lie: Wallace interrupted Trump 76 times, while interrupting Biden only 15 times.

At one point, when Trump attacked Biden for criticizing his administration's response to the fading coronavirus pandemic, Wallace jumped in to defend Biden.

Trump slammed Biden for claiming he attended Delaware State University, a historically Black college.

"Did you use the word 'smart?'" Trump asked Biden. "So you said you went to Delaware State, but you forgot the name of your college. You didn't go to Delaware State. You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don't ever use the word 'smart' with me. Don't ever use that word."

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Later, Wallace chided Trump for bringing up Biden's drug-addled son, Hunter Biden. But Wallace was silent as Biden called Trump names such as "clown" and "fool".

During one sequence, Wallace allowed Biden to speak for nearly 2 minutes uninterrupted. But when it was Trump's turn to rebut Biden, Wallace constantly interrupted Trump and wouldn't let him finish.

During another heated exchange between Trump and Wallace, Biden called Trump a "clown" and told him, "shut up, man".

Former journalist Dan Rather called Trump a "bully" for running over Wallace and Biden like road kill.

Actor James Woods tweeted that Wallace was "shamelessly biased".

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade questioned his colleague's bias on Twitter.

"Why is @JoeBiden allowed to interrupt? @realDonaldTrump is not."

And conservative activist Candace Owens questioned why Wallace asked Trump to condemn white supremacists, but didn't ask Biden to condemn Antifa, who are burning down cities and killing people.

Most American viewers were undecided when asked to choose who won last night's debate. But Hispanic Telemundo News viewers were unanimous in their decision.

Watch the full Trump-Biden debate below.


 

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Trump supporters are convinced that Joe Biden's coughing fits during campaign stops in Detroit means he will call out sick before debates.

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Biden visited Detroit, Michigan -- one of the swing states he needs to defeat Trump in November.

While Trump holds massive rallies around the country, Biden prefers small intimate gatherings of five or six supporters and friendly journalists in attendance.

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Biden spoke with members of the United Steelworkers union in a supporter's back yard on Wednesday. The 77-year-old Democratic presidential nominee began experiencing coughing fits.

Biden also coughed a dozen times while speaking at another campaign stop in Michigan.

He pulled down his black face mask down and touched his nose -- against the CDC's advice not to touch the face to avoid contracting the virus from contaminated hands.

Trump supporters believe Biden's coughing fits are proof that his team will say he is too sick to debate with Trump. The first debate is scheduled for the end of this month.
 

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Nancy Pelosi added her voice to the chorus of Democrats who express concern about Joe Biden debating President Donald Trump next month.

Former Vice President Biden, the 77-year-old Democratic nominee, and Trump, 74, will meet for their first presidential debate on Sept. 29.

Democrats are extremely concerned after President Trump demanded Biden take a drug test before they face off.

Speaker of the House Pelosi is desperately trying to cancel the debates altogether.

"I don't think that there should be any debates," Pelosi said on Thursday.

"I wouldn't legitimize a conversation with [Trump] - nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States," she added.

Pelosi said Trump was "disgraceful" when he "stalked" Hillary Clinton all over the stage during the 2016 debate, and that he will probably "act in a way that is beneath the dignity of the presidency."

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Pelosi fears Trump will dominate Biden and make him look weak in front of 300 million Americans.

"I think he will also belittle what the debates are supposed to be about," she said. "And they're not to be about skulduggery on the part of somebody who has no respect for the office he holds, much less the democratic process. I don't think that he should dignify that conversation with Donald Trump."

Pelosi suggested eliminating the debates in favor of each candidate holding separate "conversations" with voters, saying: "Let that be a conversation with the American people, not an exercise in skulduggery."

Democrats around the country are pressuring the Biden campaign to call off all debates with Trump due to the coronavirus pandemic. They don’t think Biden has the stamina to go toe-to-toe with Trump for an hour and a half.

Former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart warned Biden, "whatever you do, don't debate Trump."

Biden has said he will campaign from his basement until November amid the coronavirus pandemic -- leaving his running mate, Kamala Harris, to do his campaigning for him.

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Black voters are waking up to the sobering fact that the Democratic Party may not have their best interests at heart.

Presidential hopefuls traveled to Atlanta to take part in the Democratic debate on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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Cory Booker, left, and Kamala Harris, right, are mixed race candidates who claim to represent Black Americans. But Black voters say the candidates didn't touch on the issues that concern Black voters.

"I was disappointed at the fact that two of the most controversial issues concerning Georgia – reproductive rights and election integrity – were only discussed in the last 11 minutes of the debate, said Howard student and Atlanta native Keri Felton.

Council member Khalid Kamau was also disappointed in the candidates.

"These candidates and the media came to Atlanta, to the Atlanta University Center, Paschal's restaurant, and told us how important we are. Then they get on TV and barely mention us. It's like dating a f-ckboy," Kamau said.

Activists also point to the rapid gentrification of Atlanta, a formerly majority Black city.

"For working-class ATLiens, it's not working out for us," said Sankara Lumumba. "We've gotten rid of public housing, the city is becoming less Black, the administration of this city doesn't match up to what is being publicly put out there."

Lumumba volunteers with the Community Movement Builders who fight gentrification in Atlanta. Gentrification is a term that describes the takeover of Black and urban neighborhoods by developers and wealthy investors who raise property taxes to force Black homeowners out of their neighborhoods.

Activists blame Black politicians for permitting gentrification in Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace.

"There's a black political elite that's teamed up with the economic elite and they run the city," said Kamau Franklin, the organization’s founder. "They don't run it for working-class or poor black folks. They run it to further capitalist development. It's a whitewash of what the Black Mecca is supposed to be."

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All roads lead to Atlanta for the next Democratic presidential primary debate to be held at Tyler Perry's Studios on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

If you're not busy on Wednesday, WABE.com has complied a list of the public events that will take place on debate day, kicking off with the Democratic Debate PRO-LIFE Democrat Rally in front of Tyler Perry Studios on Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m.

In addition to a rally, numerous watch parties will be held throughout the city.

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Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak live during a conference, but the cost of admission is steep.
 

Watch parties around the city

2020 Presidential Debate Watch Party

7 p.m. at a location to be provided after ticket purchase

Host: Democratic Party of Georgia

Cost: $20
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Georgia is a Battleground State Debate Watch Party

7 to 11 p.m. at Georgia Beer Garden

Hosts: NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia, Millennials for Progress and Millennials for Abrams

Cost: Free

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Cobb Debate Watch Parties

7 to 11 p.m.

Locations: Three locations in Cobb County
Monticello in East Cobb
Taco Mac in West Cobb
Huey Luey's Mexican Kitchen & Margarita Bar in Acworth

Host: Cobb County Democratic Committee

Cost: $3

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Latinx Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: Latino Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia

501 Pulliam Street, Suite 400

Atlanta, GA 30312

Cost: Free

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Gwinnett Latinx Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: Mariscos Mazatlan, Seafood Bar and Grill

1650 Pleasant Hill Road

Duluth, GA 30096

Cost: Free
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Official Atlanta Presidential Debate "#DumpTrump2020" Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Location: BQE Restaurant & Lounge

262 Edgewood Avenue Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: Free

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Presidential Debate Watch Party

8 to 11 p.m.

Hosts: Black Youth Vote and Georgia STAND-UP

Location: 55th & Park Restaurant & Lounge

55 Park Place Northeast

Atlanta, GA 30303

Cost: Free

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Debate Watch Party

8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Location: Hudson Grille Sandy Springs

6317 Roswell Road Northeast

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Cost: Free

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Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

Nov. 19 to 22

Location: Georgia World Congress Center.

Obama will be the keynote speaker on Nov. 20.

Cost: $600 in advance or $650 onsite

Source: WABE.com

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