Biden Beats Trump in Town Hall Ratings Showdown
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News - October 17, 2020

Biden Beats Trump in Town Hall Ratings Showdown

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears to have trumped the President in a TV rating battle in their competing town hall events last night, early data shows.

The early data shows that Biden’s ABC News event attracted an “audience of 14.1 million”.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump drew “13.1 million viewers” to his town hall broadcast on NBC.

The Nielsen data is only early figures and the outcome could change when the final numbers are tallied.

Hillary Clinton was quick to weigh in on the one million viewer difference, tweeting: Americans are sick of the Trump reality show. Let’s cancel it for good, shall we?

The early ratings came as Donald Trump complained on Friday that his Democratic rival wasn’t asked about his son Hunter’s emails about Ukraine during his town hall meeting.

Coming off a combative town hall of his own with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, President Trump spent Friday morning in a tweet storm – sending off more than 30 missives featuring complaints about Biden, praise for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and an accusation that Twitter was down on Thursday to slow the online spread of a story about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

The president claimed Biden had a very bad showing at his town hall with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and slammed the network for not asking about Hunter.

Trump echoed criticism from conservatives, who complained that Guthrie interrupted Trump with a question every 12 seconds while Stephanopoulos was accused of forgetting to ask Biden about his son Hunter’s emails.

In his combative town hall, Donald Trump struggled to answer questions about his coronavirus testing, his taxes, and his debt.

The two presidential contenders had dueling town halls Thursday night in place of the second presidential debate that was canceled after Trump refused to participate virtually.

The president, however, tooted his own horn Friday morning, claiming he got good reviews and, that thanks to strong poll numbers, a Republican wave was coming on November 3.

“Very good reviews on last night’s @NBCNews Town Hall in Miami. Thank you!!!” he tweeted.

And he wrote: “Polls numbers are looking very strong. Big crowds, great enthusiasm. Massive RED WAVE coming!!!”

Joe Biden leads President Trump in most major polls both nationally and in critical battleground states.

The split-screen town halls Thursday night could not have been more different while Stephanopoulos barely interrupted Joe Biden, Guthrie asked more questions than the undecided voters the evening was dedicated to and challenged Trump repeatedly in a way the president doesn’t usually experience, given his preference for interviews with friendlier news outlets.

Let’s waste a whole show, he snapped at her when she asked him about the retweets on his Twitter feed, which have contained QAnon conspiracy theories and unproven claims Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden’s body double.

You’re not somebody’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever, Guthrie told him as she pressed him on the issue.

She kept the president on his toes with quick questions and repeated follow-ups, pushing him to answer questions he tried to deflect away which conservative backers of Trump said was proof of media bias.

Soon after the debate ended, however, Trump’s campaign boasted he had defeated opponent Guthrie, saying he had masterfully handled her attacks.