President Donald Trump has said that the deck has been stacked against him in every debate this year and it appears that trend is going to continue.
In the first debate it appeared to many that the president had to debate both former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat nominee for president, and moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.
Then the moderator for the second scheduled debate, which was cancelled, Steve Scully reached out on Twitter to Trump enemy Anthony Scaramucci for advice. And now The New York Post says the third moderator, Kristen Welker, has deep ties to the Democrat Party.
Welker, 44, has been the White House correspondent at NBC News since 2011, after working as a news reporter in Rhode Island.
But Trump supporters who took issue with hard questioning by previous moderators like Chris Wallace and Savannah Guthrie may find themselves pining for those combative hosts after Welker is done with the president.
Welker comes from an established Democratic family — who have poured cash into party coffers, and to Trump opponents, for years.
Her mother, Julie Welker, a prominent real estate broker in Philadelphia, and father, Harvey Welker, a consulting engineer, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates and close to $20,000 to Barack Obama alone.
But that is not all. They also donated $3,300 to the campaign of Joe Biden, the man who will be standing on stage with Welker and President Trump at the debate.
They also donated $2,100 to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and handed $7,300 to the Democratic National Committee between 2004 and 2020.
Welker, who celebrated Christmas at The White House with the Obamas in 2012, does not have a party registration listed now, but was a registered Democrat in Washington, DC, in 2012 and in Rhode Island in 2004.
Moderator for the next Presidential Debate in the pink dress. pic.twitter.com/99aEKHxVHp
— CHIZ 🇺🇸 (@CHIZMAGA) October 18, 2020
“Anyone who’s ever dealt with Welker knows she’s an activist, not a reporter. The White House press team views her the same way they would AOC or Pelosi if they walked in the office,” a top White House official said to The Post.
Welker briefly deleted her Twitter last week after the incident with Scully and Scaramucci which led many, including President Trump, to wonder what she is hiding.
The president went after Welker, and mentioned her briefly deleted Twitter account, at his rally in Janesville, Wisconsin on Saturday night.
“I’ve known her for a long time, she’s extraordinarily unfair but that’s alright,” he said. “She deleted her entire account. I wonder why? I can’t imagine.”
“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” President Trump said of Welker on Twitter.
She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing? https://t.co/uS3EWzfFPy
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2020
But last week Trump 2020 senior adviser Jason Miller spoke to Martha McCollum, host of the Fox News show “The Story,” and said that he had confidence in Welker’s fairness.
“I have a very high opinion of Kristen Welker,” the adviser said. “I think she’s going to do an excellent job as the moderator for the third debate. I think she’s a journalist who’s very fair in her approach and I think that she’ll be a very good choice for this third debate.”