C-SPAN host Steve Scully, who is set to host the next presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, has found himself in hot water after he publicly asked known anti-Trumper Anthony Scaramucci about whether he should “respond” to the president on Thursday night.
“@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” Scully tweeted at 9:45pm EST, according to The Blaze.
“Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down,” responded Scaramucci, who served for two weeks as Trump’s White House Press Secretary before he was fired.
The tweet has since been deleted, and social media users have speculated that Scully intended it to be a private message to Scaramucci. Scully, however, has claimed that he was hacked. C-Span released a statement saying that Scully “did not originate the tweet and believes his account has been hacked. The Commission on Presidential Debates has stated publicly that the tweet was not sent by Scully himself and is investigating with the help of authorities. When additional information is available, we will release it.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 9, 2020
It should be noted that Scully, who is scheduled to moderate the October 15 debate, interned for Biden back in 1978, according to the Washington Times. The Hill’s Joe Concha had a reaction to this situation that many of us can empathize with.
“What?” he tweeted. “Why is the next presidential debate moderator publicly asking one of Trump’s staunchest critics in Anthony Scaramucci if he should respond to the president? In a related story, Scully once interned for Sen. Joe Biden. Optics here are horrible & underscore mistrust is media.”
What? Why is the next presidential debate moderator publicly asking one of Trump’s staunchest critics in Anthony Scaramucci if he should respond to the president? In a related story, Scully once interned for Sen. Joe Biden. Optics here are horrible & underscore mistrust is media. https://t.co/Ipkv0CVUCA
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 9, 2020
The idea that Scully was hacked was first put forth by Frank Fahrenkopf, a co-chairman of the commission.
“Steve is a man of great integrity, okay?” Fahrenkopf told Fox News. “I don’t know this question about whether he tweeted something out or not, I do know, and you’ll probably pick up on it in a minute, that he was hacked… Apparently, there’s something now that’s been on television and the radio saying that he talked to Scaramucci… He was hacked. It didn’t happen.”
Unfortunately for Scully and Fahrekopf, however, it does not seem like anyone is buying that.