TV gives viewers a split-screen comparison of Trump, Biden

Savannah Guthrie grills Trump at NBC's town hall

Savannah Guthrie grills Trump at NBC's town hall

Biden participated in a 90-minute town hall from Philadelphia on ABC, while NBC News went ahead with its hourlong Trump session in Miami - despite protests from Hollywood stars and others who criticized the network for forcing viewers to choose because the two events were held at the same time.

Biden's fundraising benefited from a boost in donor enthusiasm following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Trump's widely panned performance in the first presidential debate. But the cancellation of Thursday's debate still reverberated for both campaigns.

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.

Biden did stick around for at least half an hour after the debate and continued answering questions from the audience.

During the town hall event, the mother of a transgender child asked Biden how he would protect the LGBTQ community if he were elected president.

While the Trump town hall likely wins the ratings war, he's already lost the town hall highlights and focus group wars.

"I would like to see a brilliant jurist, a brilliant person who has done this in great depth and has actually studied this issue for a long time, make a decision, and that's why I chose [Barrett]", Trump replied.

Trump and Biden appeared at opposite town halls on Thursday in lieu of a debate after the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates chose to move to a virtual format for the second debate due to Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis.

Trump's financial disadvantage was once unthinkable - incumbent presidents traditionally vastly out-raise their rivals - and poses a stark challenge to his reelection prospects.

The Funniest Tweets about the Biden and Trump Town Halls
Just in case you were lucky enough to be unaware of it though, there is an imminent election in the U.S. You're not like someone's insane uncle who can retweet whatever.

NBC News chief executive Cesar Conde said Thursday that NBC scheduled Trump out of fairness after Biden did a town hall at the same time last Thursday.

Trump, who spent three days in a military hospital but has since returned to the campaign trail, is trying to alter the dynamics of the race.

The president also refused to disavow the crackpot conspiracy spinner QAnon.

Guthrie pressed Trump bringing up the fact that he retweeted a baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had Navy SEALs killed over some odd plot involving an Osama bin Laden body double.

"That was a retweet, that was an opinion of somebody". "You're the president, you're not like someone's insane uncle who can just retweet whatever".

Guthrie was wrong on that.

"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. His niece Mary Trump confirmed that in her book and numerous interviews.

The two men are still scheduled to occupy the same space for a debate for a second and final time next week in Nashville.

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