Town halls live: angry Trump clashes with moderator as Biden lays out policies at competing events












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If you’re looking for funny tweets about tonight’s town halls, it doesn’t get much better than this from Donald Trump’s niece Mary (who also happens to be one of his fiercest critics):

Mary L Trump
(@MaryLTrump)

Actually . . . https://t.co/tdmNIjBP4j

October 16, 2020











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In a standout moment of both town halls tonight, the mother of a trans child asked Biden a question on her daughter’s rights.

As many have pointed out, a discussion on LGBTQ+ rights in general has been notably absent in the 2020 campaign so far, but many have praised Biden for his response to the question:

Brennan Suen
(@brennansuen)

This awesome mom Mieke Haeck asked Joe Biden about how he’d protect her trans daughter, cited the Trump-Pence administration’s rollback of trans rights pic.twitter.com/k23GTQkAKA

October 16, 2020

Mark Ruffalo
(@MarkRuffalo)

We just got the first Transgender question in the whole damn campaign. Biden says he promises there is no reason to suggest there should be any right denied to Transpeople that is enjoyed by anyone else. Thank you!

October 16, 2020

Nadia E. Brown
(@BrownPhDGirl)

Holy sh*t! Joe acknowledged the high rates of deaths of Black trans women and the work of Beau Biden. This is an issue that is not getting due attention on the national level. #BidenTownHall

October 16, 2020

Hilary Buff(y): Vampire Slayer
(@ItsHilaryBuff)

Joe Biden is now discussing the murder of transgender women of color and how he plans to protect trans people. Again, he’s not perfect but bare minimum this is refreshing to hear.

October 16, 2020

Andy Mientus
(@andymientus)

I think Biden needs a little more education about how to talk about trans identities, but his position seems in the right place and I can’t imagine how the other guy would have answered a question like that. https://t.co/NiC2NRj9yA

October 16, 2020

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FBI is examining claims made in New York Post article

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A woman sitting just behind Trump has garnered fans on the right after nodding continuously and enthusiastically – and even giving a thumbs up while he spoke during tonight’s town hall:

Ryan Saavedra
(@RealSaavedra)

The star of the Trump town hall was the woman sitting over Trump’s shoulder

It’s excellent to have a black woman nodding in agreement and showing support for Trump as he gets attacked by a hostile leftist pic.twitter.com/2XVzbn1v6a

October 16, 2020

Mollie
(@MZHemingway)

FWIW, my phone is blowing up with people loving the woman seated behind Trump on his left.

October 16, 2020

Gretchen Carlson
(@GretchenCarlson)

Gotta love the masked woman behind Trump nodding her head every time Trump says anything. #townhall

October 16, 2020

Tom Nichols
(@RadioFreeTom)

Journalists, if you don’t find out who that woman is nodding behind Trump at an “undecided” voter town hall, then I don’t know what you’re getting paid for

October 16, 2020











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In what could be one of the biggest scheduling clashes of any election cycle, keener viewers have had to flip between the two dueling town halls, or choose one and catch up on the other later.

Although some seem to be doing both, somehow:


Jonathan Karl
(@jonkarl)

It’s more stressful to watch two town halls at once than one debate … pic.twitter.com/vaBUos777k

October 16, 2020

Bakari Sellers
(@Bakari_Sellers)

Some of y’all lying. How you watching both? Lol.

October 16, 2020


Desiree Montilla
(@desireecbs19)

When you’re trying to watch two presidential town halls happening at the same time 😅 pic.twitter.com/vgkXWKyEnu

October 16, 2020

Meanwhile, the split screen between Trump and Biden has led many viewers and pundits to draw sharp contrasts between the two events:

Yamiche Alcindor
(@Yamiche)

I’m mostly watching President Trump tonight but every time I check in on former VP Joe Biden’s town hall he is giving lengthy policy answers and telling personal stories. Trump has focused mostly on quick answers and broad policy talk rather than specifics.

October 16, 2020

Zack Beauchamp
(@zackbeauchamp)

Biden’s town hall is just a series of calm answers on actual policy questions.

Trump’s town hall was basically an hour of “many people are saying that the Satanic pedophiles who could be running the Democratic party also may have tried to kill Seal Team 6.”

October 16, 2020





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