Trump, Don Jr slam debate moderator Kristen Welker as report reveals her 'Democratic ties' and donations to Biden
Kristen Welker's parents, Julie and Harvey Welker, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates, according to the data collected from the Federal Election Commission
NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker, who is set to host the third presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, was slammed by POTUS and his eldest son on Twitter after a recent report claimed that she had ties with the liberal party.
Donald Trump Jr, who has been actively involved in his dad's reelection campaign, cited a New York Post article titled 'Kristen Welker, upcoming presidential debate moderator, has deep Democrat ties' and tweeted, "Yikes! Here we go again." Retweeting his son's post, Trump wrote, "She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?"
Yikes! Here we go again 🙄 https://t.co/MqvVUeoGM9— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 17, 2020
She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing? https://t.co/uS3EWzfFPy— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2020
The president's tweet referred to the controversial actions of C-SPAN host and producer Steve Scully who was supposed to moderate but finally canceled the second presidential debate. Scully sent a tweet to former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who has presently turned against his ex-boss, throwing his support behind the Biden campaign. Scully was placed on administrative leave after he falsely claimed that his Twitter feed had been hacked while he was preparing to moderate the second presidential debate as a way to explain why he appeared to contact Scaramucci with a tweet that mocked Trump.
While Scully was criticized by conservatives even before the controversial tweeting incident because of his history of serving as a constituent intern in the office of then-Delaware Senator Biden from September to October 1978 as part of a college course on Congress, Welker received no better reviews. She serves as a White House correspondent based in Washington, DC, and was co-anchor of 'Weekend Today', the Saturday edition of 'Today', alongside Peter Alexander.
Moreover, her parents, Julie and Harvey Welker have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates, according to the data collected from the Federal Election Commission, the New York Post reported. Some of the donations have been directed more recently toward the Biden campaign. They also reportedly made efforts to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
Kristen's Facebook page shows a photo where the reporter is posing with the Obama family on Christmas at the White House in 2012. She was registered as a Democrat in Washington DC in 2012 and in Rhode Island in 2004. Her current political party registration is not listed.
As a White House correspondent, she is known for a scathing style of questioning. "Mr President, yes or no… have you ever worked for Russia. Yes or no?" she demanded during a confrontation with Trump in January 2019. However, the same aggression fades away when it comes to her handling of Democratic politicians, the report claimed. She made headlines for the wrong reasons when she was caught tipping off Hillary Clinton’s Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri about at least one question she planned to ask her during a post-debate interview in Michigan in March 2016 on live television. "I’m going to ask you about Flint," Kristen said of the Michigan city’s infamous water crisis.
"Anyone who’s ever dealt with Welker knows she’s an activist, not a reporter. The White House press team views her the same way they would AOC or Pelosi if they walked in the office," a senior White House official told The Post.