Trump, Biden square off, in a way, in dueling town halls

Trump-Biden battle intensifying in Pennsylvania

Trump-Biden battle intensifying in Pennsylvania

Savannah Guthrie was completely baffled when Donald Trump insisted retweeting a conspiracy theory was fine, telling the president at the NBC Town Hall that he can't act like a 'crazy uncle'.

Trump was defensive about his administration's handling of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 215,000 American lives, and evasive when when pressed about whether he took a required COVID-19 test before his first debate with Biden.

Guthrie was panned by critics for spending much of the allotted time grilling Trump on masks and White supremacy instead of turning the floor over to voters. He insisted that he didn't owe any money to Russian Federation or any "sinister people" and suggested that being $400 million in debt was a "very very small percentage" compared to his overall assets.

"President Trump has condemned, Savannah, white supremacy over and over and over and over again", Hannity emphasized.

"I don't know, no, I don't know", Trump said, adding, "What I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia and I agree with that".

"Has there ever been two more different presidential candidates than Trump or Biden?" asked The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler in a tweet. The moment seemed fitting for a race unlike any other, as yet another campaign ritual changed by the pandemic that has rewritten the norms of society.

The movement saw a surge of interest following the election of President Trump.

Election town hall: Trump denounces white supremacy during town hall
Trump said that all he knew about the conspiracy theory is that "they are very much against pedophilia" and agree with that. She pressed him on his prolific tweeting, telling him he's not someone's "crazy uncle" who can tweet whatever they want.

"Trump, from the outset, was predominantly confronted with hard questions and little time that did not give him much opportunity to discuss policies", he says.

The two simultaneous town halls have exposed stark differences between the media's treatment of each of the presidential contenders, according to Dr Harvey Schantz, professor of political science at the State University of NY at Plattsburgh. The difference in the men's tone was immediate and striking.

"I do a lot of retweets and frankly because the media is so fake and so corrupt, if I didn't have social media, I don't call it Twitter I call it social media, I wouldn't be able to get the word out", Trump said.

Trump also dodged questions about a New York Times investigation of two decades of his tax returns, which he has refused to release publicly despite decades of precedent for presidential candidates. He insisted that Americans should not be alarmed by his debt and repeatedly insisted that he is "underleveraged".

"It's a tiny percentage of my net worth", Trump said of his reported debt. At times his answers droned on. "People can decide for themselves", he said, when questioned by NBC's Savannah Guthrie about his passing along a theory that the killing of bin Laden by Navy SEAL Team 6 had been staged, and that members of the unit had been killed to cover it up.

"Well, you told me but what you tell me doesn't necessarily make it fact, I hate to say that".

He has for weeks refused to answer the question but went further Thursday night. "I know about Antifa and I know about the radical left and I know how violent they are and how vicious they are". He turned introspective when asked what it would say if he lost. 'But I think, I hope, that it doesn't say that we are racially, ethnically and religiously at odds with one another as it appears the president wants us to be'.

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