Steve Scully of C-SPAN, who was slated to be the moderator of the next presidential debate, apparently claims his Twitter account was “hacked” after he tweeted former White House anti-Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci for ask him for advice.
The controversy began when Scaramucci replied to a tweet that looked like Scully intended to send it as a private message.
Scully asked if he should “respond” to President Trump’s attacks on him, to which Scaramucci replied, “Ignore. He spends enough time. Other bad things are about to fall. “
Scaramucci was fired after just two weeks on the job and has been a vocal critic of Trump ever since.
After many prominent figures accused Scully of betraying his anti-Trump bias, the host of C-SPAN deleted the tweet before Frank Fahrenkopf, the co-chair of the Presidential Debates Commission, told the Brian Kilmeade Show that Scully had been hacked.
“I don’t know about this question whether he tweeted something,” Fahrenkopf said. “I know, and you will probably understand it in a minute, that it has been hacked. There was apparently something now that the being was on TV and radio saying he was talking [Anthony] Scaramucci… and he spoke to Scaramucci, he was hacked. This does not happen.
“If he was really hacked, did he call his sources to let them know what the alleged hacker may have seen?” Arthur Schwartz asked. “Did he call the FBI? Local law enforcement? He just opened a huge box of worms because he didn’t want to admit a mistake.
If he really was hacked, did he call his sources to let them know what the alleged hacker may have seen? Did he call the FBI? Local law enforcement? He just opened a huge box of worms because he didn’t want to admit a mistake. https://t.co/JooyCBC52q
– Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) October 9, 2020
The claim is questionable at best given that Scully was apparently speaking to Scaramucci and has a pro-Biden history as an intern for the former vice president.
– Steve Scully (@SteveScully) June 4, 2016
Scully had also previously betrayed his anti-Trump bias by tweeting a New York Times opinion piece titled “ No, not Trump, not ever. ”
What exactly did 2nd Debate Monitor Steve Scully mean when he tweeted:
“No, not Trump, never” pic.twitter.com/c7BUo3nJsn
– Christi Chat (@ChatChristi) October 1, 2020
The host of C-SPAN, who was chosen to moderate the second presidential debate on October 15 before it was canceled after Trump refused to participate in a virtual format, was berated by Trump in an interview with Fox Business on Thursday morning when Trump said he thought Scully was a “nice guy” but was a “Never Trumper”.
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