Trump's NBC town-hall-style event airs at same time as Joe Biden's ABC event as they compete for viewers with debate off
14th October 2020

DONALD Trump's NBC town-hall style event is set to air at the same time as Joe Biden's ABC event, as they compete for viewers after their live debate was called off.

Both of the shows will air at 8pm on Thursday night on different networks.

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Trump's show was confirmed on Wednesday morning by NBC, who said the event will take place outdoors.

The event will be moderated by Savannah Guthrie, who will sit 12 feet away from the president.

The news station has come under fire since announcing the event, with several social media users tweeting "#BoycottNBC."

One user fumed: "Shame on you! It was Trump who cancelled on scheduled debate. You KNOW this. If you broadcast against Biden Town Hall, you will be hounded till the end of your broadcast days. DO NOT SCHEDULE AGAINST the other Town Hall. Schedule ANOTHER TIME SLOT."

Other said they "won't be watching NBC anymore" and called for there to be "no Trump town hall."

The announcement came just days after Biden was confirmed to make an appearance on ABC on Thursday.

The Democrat will be moderated by George Stephanopoulos and will take place in Philadelphia from 8 to 9.30pm.

ABC confirmed that it would be following CDC recommendations.

The pair were forced to cancel their second live debate after Trump said he will not take place in a virtual event.

The event was set to become a call-in after the president was diagnosed with Covid.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates cited a need "to protect the health and safety of all involved with the second presidential debate."

"I'm not going to waste my time doing a virtual debate," the president confirmed on Thursday morning.

Trump's campaign manager, Bill Stepien, echoed the president's sentiments, saying: "We'll pass on this sad excuse to bail out Joe Biden and do a rally instead."

Biden's campaign also confirmed that he will not participate in the event but instead "will find an appropriate place to take questions from voters directly on October 15th, as he has done on several occasions in recent weeks," according to Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield.

The presidential hopefuls are set to battle it out face-to-face on October 22 at Belmont University in Nashville.

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