NBC’s Savannah Guthrie may have taken over the top spot for the worst moderator in 2020 after an utterly embarrassing display of partisan attacks on President Trump during Thursday night’s town hall.
Guthrie, whose husband was former Vice President Al Gore’s traveling chief of staff during the 2000 presidential election cycle, was repeatedly combative with the president while Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden practically received a massage during his competing town hall event on ABC News.
During part of the Townhall, Guthrie furiously attempted to shame the president over his stance on mask wearing – questioning him on a White House event where the majority of people in attendance were reportedly not wearing masks.
“I’m good with masks,” Trump said. “I’m OK with masks. I tell people wear masks.”
“You can see with a mask, though, right,” Guthrie asked Trump after he expressed his feelings on being able to “see people” as he claimed he cannot be kept away in a room.
“People with masks are catching it all the time,” Trump said in response. “If you look at the governor of Virginia, he was known for a mask. If you look at [Sen.] Thom Tillis, a great guy, he always had a mask and they caught it.”
In an attempt to interrupt Trump’s message, Guthrie countered him by bringing up former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie , who said he was “wrong” not to wear a mask.
“He has to say that,” Trump said of Christie. “I think it’s great. He’s a friend of mine. He’s a good guy.”
“Wrong or not wrong, you have to understand. As president, I can’t be locked in a room someplace for the next year and just stay and do nothing,” Trump added, describing the scene when he attends events and meets with the families of America’s fallen war heroes.
Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist weighed in on Guthrie’s behavior, saying, “Savannah Guthrie has wasted 10 minutes on her personal obsession with people wearing masks and I would like her to move onto more interesting and more important topics.”
Activist Terrence Williams also commented, adding, “Savannah Guthrie is an a**hole,” activist Terrence Williams wrote to his followers. “She’s hammering President Trump about a mask! Let it go and ask about policy.”
At another point during the event, a combative Guthrie was seemingly bothered by Trump’s retweet of a CIA whistleblower revealing that former Vice President Joe Biden helped to “orchestrate the killing of Seal Team Six” to “cover up the fake death of Bin Laden.”
Guthrie, who would likely support the whistleblower’s claims if it were anti-Trump news, attempted to paint the story as a “conspiracy theory,” comparing President Trump to a “crazy uncle” for sharing it.
“You retweeted to your 87 million followers a conspiracy theory that Joe Biden orchestrated to have Seal Team Six, the Navy Seal Team Six, killed to cover up the fake death of Bin Laden,” Guthrie said to Trump. “Now why would you send a lie like that to your followers? You retweeted it.”
“That was a retweet. That was an opinion of somebody,” Trump responded. “I put it out there. People can decide for themselves.”
“I don’t get that,” Guthrie interjected. “You’re the president. You’re not, like, someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.”
Guthrie’s overall performance on the night showed more of this type of extreme hostility towards the President of the United States as she made it clear she was bent on pushing her liberal agenda, essentially acting as a surrogate for the Joe Biden campaign.
Criticism of Guthrie’s moderator performance flooded the internet.
“Why is Savannah Guthrie being so nasty,” questioned Amy Kremer, one of the original Tea Party activists.
“They should rename this townhall and call it, ‘A National Townhall with Savantha Guthrie,’” wrote David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Political commentator Lisa Boothe commented: “Why is Savannah Guthrie debating President Trump? I thought this was a town hall. The media is garbage these days.”
“How terrible was Savannah Guthrie,” asked ACT for America founder Brigitte Gabriel.
Sean Davis, co-founder of the Federalist, said Guthrie’s desperate attempts to “get Trump” throughout the event, resulted in a miserable failure for her.
“If Guthrie had been half as civilized and professional as the questioners — for example, asking a question and then politely listening to the answer without having a temper tantrum — that would’ve been a really illuminating debate,” Davis stated. “Instead, she went Full Clown and Trump stomped her.”
Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon wrote, “Just flipped to NBC and Savannah Guthrie is screaming.”
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer claimed Guthrie was in “interrogation” mode.
“I just switched to NBC since ABC is in a commercial,” Fleischer wrote. “Savanah Guthrie has interrupted Trump in these 60 seconds more than Stephanopoulos has done to Biden in 40 mins. NBC is an interrogation. ABC is a picnic.”
Fox News host Greg Gutfeld tweeted: “NBC is embarrassing itself. worse than expected. Guthrie is like a poorly disguised ambush. even she follows up with planned questions after the ‘townhall’ question. what a horrible show trial.”
Political commentator Dana Loesch wrote: “Guthrie’s performance here shows there is difference between being aggressive and being undisciplined.”
Political commentator Dan Bongino tweeted: “Savannah Guthrie is, without a doubt, the worst moderator I have ever seen.”