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Trump defends virus policies at Miami town hall

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 10/15/20, 10:37 pm

Moderator Savannah Guthrie battled President Donald Trump amid questions from undecided Floridians at a fast-paced event Thursday night. Voters asked why the president did not do more to stop the spread of the pandemic early. Trump responded that banning travel from China saved thousands of lives, but he did not address other possible measures. At Guthrie’s prompting, Trump explicitly denounced white supremacy and said he would accept a peaceful transfer of power. “You didn’t ask Joe Biden whether he denounced antifa,” Trump said.

What else did Trump address? A self-described pro-life millennial asked Trump whether if Roe v. Wade was overturned, he would put any protections in place for abortions if the life of the mother was in danger. Trump replied that the matter would go to the states, but Guthrie pressed him on whether he wanted Roe eliminated. He would not answer, saying it could hurt Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. “I don’t want to do anything to influence her,” Trump said.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • EG
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 08:52 am

    I guess they must think Trump is lying about denouncing white supremists because that is the hundredth time they have asked him to do so.

  • My Two Cents
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 10:30 am

    The most pro life president can't be more evasive and ambivalent if he tried.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 11:44 am

    A bunch of hog wash!  He doesn't want to jeopardize the ACB nomination. It makes perfect sense if you don't have TDS. 

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 06:44 pm

    My Two Cents, is your comment based only on this summary article? Did you view the event?

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 01:15 pm

    "Moderator Savannah Guthrie battled President Donald Trump amid questions from undecided Floridians at a fast-paced event" is a diplomatic statement. The event was indeed fast-paced as Guthrie tried to out-talk President Trump and verbally attacked him. For a long piece at the beginning of the "town hall," she moderated no one; she debated the president. Later, when President Trump started to answer each person's question, Guthrie interrupted and attacked him again. In addition, the audio system was "tuned" so that Guthrie not only sounded louder but edgy and excrutiating to the ear. 

    For those inclined to view, NBC has provided a YouTube video ( of the entire debate (oops! I mean town hall).

  • CS
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 12:15 pm

    Can you link it? 

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 03:06 pm

    Yes. Inserted the link in comment above.

    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 04:33 pm

    NBC set this whole thing up to go after Trump, just like Stephanopolous (sp.? don't care) did.

    Trump tries to play nice and trusts people, but people were after him even BEFORE he became Pres.

    Biden the rapist will never be my Pres. If I weren't old, I'd protest against Biden.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Fri, 10/16/2020 06:11 pm

    The two Sift story titles (which appear side by side on my screen) are consistent with many of the comments above.  "Trump defends" vs. "Biden details".  May God continue to open the eyes of the electorate to the increasingly gapping double standard being applied.