Moderator of Final Presidential Debate Under Fire for Bias

"Kristen Welker with attendees" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

This Thursday, President Trump and Joe Biden are set to debate one another for a final time. The last debate is also the second showdown, since the Commission on Presidential Debates chose to cancel last week’s previously scheduled debate for October 15.

Many Americans are looking forward to seeing both presidential candidates duke it out on stage one more time; however, Republicans and conservatives have some concerns about the moderator, NBC News’ Kristen Welker.


Welker’s strong and longstanding ties to the Democrat Party have led certain people on the right to believe that she’ll ultimately show bias against President Trump during the final debate, according to Townhall.

A Closer Look at Welker’s Ties to the Democrat Party

Both Welker and her parents are linked to the Democrat Party via donations and attendance at political events. The NBC News anchor also spent Christmas 2012 at the White House in celebration with then-President Obama.

However, mere support for the Democrat Party is not the only issue of contention for conservatives. In March 2016, Welker got caught for sharing debate questions with the communications director of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, Welker has posted a series of critical tweets about President Trump.

Welker is far from the only debate moderator to face censure for anti-Trump bias. During the first presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace repeatedly tossed softball questions to Joe Biden and helped him along the way. Americans noted after the fact that Trump actually wound up debating both Wallace and Biden.

Rigged from the Jump?

The pattern of biased, anti-Trump Democrats moderating debates makes more sense when looking more closely at the Commission on Presidential Debates.

While the debate commission body is comprised of both Republicans and Democrats alike, the Republicans are Never-Trumpers. Therefore, not a single member of the Commission on Presidential Debates supports the president; this, of course, would explain the nature of moderators being chosen to oversee these presidential debates.

Ultimately, time will tell how Welker does on moderating Thursday night’s event. However, conservatives and Trump supporters alike have already braced themselves for Biden to get assistance from Welker while President Trump is, yet again, left with two debate opponents, rather than one.

Do you think Welker’s strong ties to the Democrat Party and noted anti-Trump views should disqualify her from moderating a 2020 presidential debate? How do you think she’ll do on Thursday night? Let us know in the comments section below!