Debate Commission Asked to Axe Moderator Kristen Welker

NLPC today called upon the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to withdraw Kristen Welker, NBC’s White House Correspondent, from moderating Thursday’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. 

In a letter to the CPD, NLPC blasted the CPD for choosing Welker despite her pro-Democrat bias and for fabricating a quote from President Trump.

NLPC cited news reports showing that Welker’s family have been strong Democrat financial supporters and photos of her with her father posing with the Obamas at a 2012 White House Christmas party.

NLPC also cited its August 11 letter to NBC brass calling for the suspension of Welker as a White House correspondent for making up a quote from President Trump in reacting to the shooting on the White House grounds in early August.  When asked by Welker if he was “rattled at all” by the incident, Trump calmly responded, ‘I don’t know, do I seem rattled?” Shortly thereafter, Welker reported on NBC that in response to her question, “he said, ‘Of course.’”  

“The American voter doesn’t need a biased moderator who acts as additional adversary to one of the candidates,” said NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty.  “Sadly, none of the Commission’s criteria for selecting a moderator requires even a semblance of neutrality,” added Paul Kamenar, Counsel for NLPC who drafted the complaint.