Sunday, April 21, 2024

NBC Trump Town Hall: Savannah Guthrie Debates and Wins, But NBC Celebrities Criticize Network


The infamous NBC Trump Town Hall is over. It lasted one hour, with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie basically debating Trump and correcting lies. She must be exhausted. It was like a prize fight. But she did get Trump to admit that he owes someone $412 million. He didn’t deny it.

He also didn’t disavow Qanon, the crazy conspiracy group. When asked about it he, Trump pretended he knew nothing about them, then said they were anti-pedophilia. He also wouldn’t disavow white supremacist groups. He skirted every question and refused to be pinned down.

At one point Guthrie– talking him retweeting crazy statements– said, “It’s not like you’re someone’s crazy uncle and can re-Tweet anything you want.”

If you listen to Trump’s blathering, he’s really saying that everyone should be given the choice to embrace misogyny. racism, white supremacy. and let the chips fall where they may. And he won’t take a side. We have not moved an inch from Charlottesville and “there are fine people on both sides.”

Guthrie really hung in there and did an excellent job. But it’s like wrestling with mercury. Trump slips and slides. He’s vile, and loves it.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s thoughtful, decisive, and measured Town Hall, in the real world, continues on ABC.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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