ABC remains silent amid growing criticism of its town hall with Joe Biden after two of the attendees who questioned the Democratic nominee were identified as an Obama speechwriter and the wife of a prominent Democrat from Pennsylvania.
One of the questioners was Nathan Osburn, who worked for the Commerce Department’s public affairs office under the Obama-Biden administration and in the Small Business Administration.
Osburn’s profession was listed as “communications” on a chart, and his hometown was listed as Philadelphia.
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Another speaker was Mieke Haeck, who ABC identified as a physiotherapist from State College, Pennsylvania.
Haeck is also the wife of Ezra Nanes, who in 2018 ran for Republican Majority Leader in the Pennsylvania State Senate Jake Corman. Nanes is currently a full member of the Central County Democratic Committee.
Nanes praised his wife’s appearance as mayor on Twitter.
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“Our children and I are very proud of our @MiekeHaeck for his courage in asking this question of @JoeBiden and so grateful to our next president for his thoughtful and decisive response in favor of transgender people and all LGBTQ people,” Nanes wrote. .
When contacted for comment, ABC News took to Fox News on statements by Town Hall Moderator George Stephanopoulos at the start of the event.
“Some people vote for [Biden], some have said they are voting for President Trump, some are still undecided, and we will try to answer as many questions as possible tonight, ”Stephanopoulos told viewers.
ABC News declined to comment further.
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Fox News reached out to the Biden, Osburn and Haeck campaign for comment and did not immediately receive a response.
Stephanopoulos, who was previously White House communications director Bill Clinton, has also been criticized for failing to ask Joe Biden about the New York Post’s explosive report on Hunter Biden, his overseas business dealings, and their potential connection to his father, then vice. President Biden.
This isn’t the first time ABC has landed in hot water during one of its town hall events. Last month, The Washington Free Beacon reported that at least two of the so-called “unengaged voters” who participated in its mayoralty with President Trump had engaged in liberal political activism or had criticized the president over social networks.
One of them, Kutztown University professor Ellesia Blaque – who spoke to President Trump about healthcare – expressed her intention to volunteer for Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign in a tweet of January 2019. In other tweets, Blaque criticized the president as being “pathetic”, “a fucking moron”, a “pig” and a “pig”. Meanwhile, she identifies as a “liberal democrat” on her Facebook page.
The other was Philadelphia Pastor Carl Day, who was also called an “unengaged” voter by ABC News, but tweeted last month that he “never supported Trump and will not now.” What I’m gonna do is call them out of their nonsense. ”
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In another tweet, Day referred to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan as a time when “the n —– did what they were told in all industries, wouldn’t have the audacity to try to get into a blank [sic] and did not respond to the cops. “Day also suggested that Trump is a ‘bad guy’.
During town hall, Day pressed Trump on his MAGA slogan, asking him when America “has been great for African Americans in the ghetto of America” and if he was aware of “the way the muted tone that emanates from African-American communities. ”
Fox News’s Tyler Olson and Brian Flood contributed to this report.