American commentators have explained the difference between the two events and their potential impact on the 2020 presidential campaign.
At a rally in North Carolina on Thursday, Trump called NBC "the worst" and said he was being set up with the town hall. The second presidential debate had originally been scheduled for Thursday night.
To an extent, the uproar was reflective of a different time in television.
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Guthrie pressed Trump bringing up the fact that he retweeted a baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had Navy SEALs killed over some odd plot involving an Osama bin Laden body double.
"That was an opinion of somebody, and that was a retweet". "President Trump masterfully handled Guthrie's attacks and interacted warmly and effectively with the voters in the room", he said.
"He just refused to denounce QAnon and now he's having a meltdown".
"You're not like somebody's insane uncle and can just retweet whatever", Guthrie said. Trump insisted that he's never heard of it, and dodged Guthrie's follow-up questions - except to say sarcastically say that she's "cute". It was 90 minutes of nothing new, nothing eventful, nothing earth-shattering.
"They fight it very hard but I know nothing about it". "I" ll put it out there and people can decide", Trump said. "She tried, God bless her.she tried".
Democrat Joe Biden said he hoped it was more about the campaign he ran than the country overall if he loses the November presidential election to President Donald Trump. The Biden session on ABC with George Stephanopoulos of "Good Morning America" was a more sedate affair. Democrats have to think this is their best strategy.
Afterward, Biden was seen sticking around the auditorium where the townhall took place, answering more audience members' questions. The cracks started showing when Guthrie began pressing him about his stance on white supremacy.
'Well, could say I'm a lousy candidate and I didn't do a job, ' Biden said when asked how he would interpret a loss.
Has Town Hall Changed the Balance of Power?During the town hall, Trump defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
"Joe Biden's campaign should pray that no one saw either of these town halls", argues Chris Barron, conservative strategist and president of Right Turn Strategies.
Earlier, Guthrie asked Trump if he would disavow QAnon "in its entirety", which Trump refused to do.
While Trump came off as "the happy warrior", Biden came off as "the confused great uncle", according to Barron.