Guthrie piqued Trump several times during the City Hall event, including pushing him into the unsubstantiated QAnon conspiracy theory – which states that a cabal of pedophiles worshiping Satan has infiltrated the highest echelons of the federal government – but Trump declined to deny has been classified as a domestic terrorism threat by the FBI.
Trump claimed to “know nothing about QAnon” despite Guthrie setting out his outlandish principles. The former conspiracy theory has increasingly found a home in the corners of GOP politics and has become a sensitive issue for mainstream conservatives.
“I just don’t know about QAnon,” Trump said. “Why don’t you ask me about Antifa? Why don’t you ask me about the radical left? I condemn pedophilia.”
Guthrie also called on Trump to retweet a separate bizarre theory that Osama bin Laden was still alive and that Joe Biden secretly killed members of SEAL Team Six after the president said this was meant for food for thought.
“That was someone’s opinion and that was a retweet,” Trump said. I will post it there. People can decide for themselves. ”
“You’re the president. You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can retweet anything,” Guthrie retorted.
Trump continued speaking about Guthrie’s style of questioning on Friday.
“I told you that,” said Trump, imitating her. “She told me – oh OK, I’ll believe you, won’t I?”
Trump also hit George Stephanopoulos, who hosted a duel with Joe Biden in Philadelphia at the same time on Thursday night for failing to pressure the Democratic candidate over allegations of his son Hunter Biden’s business in Ukraine.
“I understand they didn’t ask him a question about it, can you believe that?” he said.
According to the Nielsen Reviews released on Friday, more people have tuned in to Biden’s event than the president’s, despite airing on several sister cable channels in addition to being broadcast on NBC. The Wall Street Journal reported ABC drew 14.1 million viewers for Biden’s 90-minute City Hall, compared to 13.5 million who saw Trump on four channels – NBC, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo. Trump’s town hall also ended at 9 p.m., half an hour before Biden’s longer event.
NBC’s decision to hold a town hall with Trump after pulling out of the previously agreed debate with Biden – after it was changed to a virtual format in light of the president’s recent Covid-19 diagnosis – resolved inside and outside of the News of great dismay from operation. Critics believed Trump was rewarded for not ending the debate, and offered the rating-obsessed president a chance to counter-program his Democratic opponent.
Trump said Friday that he “did not see” Biden’s event but still meant parts of it, saying Stephanopoulos’ questions were “softballs” compared to the ones the ABC News host asked him in a town hall a month ago.
“He’s a tough guy,” said Trump on Friday. “But this is the hottest topic there is. I haven’t asked him a question about family corruption. I haven’t asked him how Big Tech protects him.”
Trump’s remarks came not at a campaign event but at an official event allegedly to announce a contract with CVS and Walgreens to deliver a future coronavirus vaccine to senior citizens and long-term care workers at no expense. This is one of several instances in which the president bends over the office to support his dwindling re-election prospects.