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Debate Commission hit by Bob Dole for anti-Trump bias

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Former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole took to Twitter over the weekend to criticize the supposedly bi-partisan Commission on Presidential Debates for anti-Trump bias, calling the prejudice against Trump by the members “unfair.”

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased Debate Commission is unfair,” tweeted Dole from his official account.

Dole, 97, is considered moderate, but enthusiastically supported Trump in 2016.

The Trump campaign has complained that the debate commission has treated the President unfairly with constant proposed changes meant to help Biden.

“Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien also argued that the commission cannot describe itself as ‘nonpartisan’ because certain members of its leadership have contributed to Democrats or expressed criticism of Trump, furthering the argument that the commission’s decisions were meant to assist Biden,” said The Hill.

Since then the debate commission has canceled the second debate, after rescheduling the event to be a virtual debate without consulting the Trump campaign.

The New York Post described the cancelation of the event as “putting the event officially out of its misery after it was beset by controversies.”  

The debates this year have been marred by controversies over COVID, the choice of debate moderators and formatting, decisions that always seem to benefit Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Steve Scully, CSPAN’s political editor, chosen by the commission to moderate the canceled, second debate, was under intense scrutiny last week after a tweet allegedly showed him communicating with Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci, seeking advice.

“@Scaramucci should I respond to trump,” Scully tweeted.

“Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down,” Scaramucci replied.

Scaramucci was fired by Trump after a brief and disastrous stint as Trump’s communications director, and has since emerged as one of Trump’s most intense critics.

For his part, Scully says the tweet to Scaramucci was not from him, claiming that hackers took control of his Twitter account.

“The FBI and Twitter are now investigating an alleged hack into C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully’s Twitter account,” says Fox News.

Fox noted that this isn’t the first time Sully has claimed his Twitter account has been hacked. Fox also said that some might find his ties to Biden and other Democrats as questionable.

“Scully’s credibility as an unbiased debate moderator was initially questioned after it became known that he previously worked as an intern for then-Sen. Biden and served as a staffer for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass,” added Fox.

“So you’re telling me that someone chosen to moderate a Presidential debate – despite being a former intern of Joe Biden & staffer for Ted Kennedy – might actually be biased against @realDonaldTrump?  Well, knock me over with a feather!” tweeted Gov. Mike Huckabee.  

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