Town halls live: angry Trump clashes with moderator as Biden lays out policies at competing events

Town halls live: angry Trump clashes with moderator as Biden lays out policies at competing eventsOctober 16, 2020

  • President defends QAnon supporters
  • Biden says supporting 1994 crime bill was a mistake
  • Trump on NBC and Biden on ABC in simultaneous appearances
  • Full story: Trump and Biden offer dramatically different visions

That’s it from us tonight. The Guardian’s regular US politics liveblog will be back tomorrow morning.

Here are the key takeaways from tonight’s dueling town halls:

NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie received widespread praise for her questioning of Trump, after she grilled the president on his past coronavirus test results and his thoughts on the QAnon conspiracy theory, which he refused to denounce.

I so appreciate that Savannah Guthrie is fact checking @realDonaldTrump in real time and refusing to allow him to spread conspiracy theories unchecked.

What a welcome change from the first presidential & vice presidential debates. https://t.co/v9FBGTxr2H

i can’t think of anything more strategically disastrous than trump going head-to-head with @SavannahGuthrie and getting his ass kicked. the white women he needs to defect back to him will see themselves in her. the insecure men who love him will see him losing to a “girl”

Savannah Guthrie is doing very well so far in this format. She’s being direct, persistent, correcting misinformation and not letting the president avoid answering questions. Future debate moderators should take notes.

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