Trump suggests NBC won’t treat him fairly at tonight’s town hall, as Biden reports record fundraising

With 19 days to go until the election, President Donald Trump suggested NBC wouldn’t treat him fairly at a televised town hall on Thursday night, and he dismissed polls showing him trailing Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, Biden was expected to take part in a fundraising event on Thursday before his own ABC News town hall, which is slated to air at the same time as Trump’s event — 8 p.m. Eastern. The Democratic challenger’s campaign late Wednesday announced a record fundraising haul of $383 million for September, while Trump’s team hasn’t revealed its figure yet.

“I’m sure that’ll be fair,” Trump said on Thursday, using a sarcastic tone as he was asked about the upcoming NBC event in a Fox Business Network interview. The president also was asked by Fox Business host Stuart Varney if he will employ the same aggressive style that he had in last month’s chaotic debate when “faced with hostility” at Thursday night’s town hall.



“Well, you don’t change. I think I won the first debate,” Trump said.

Data point
Polling avg. in top swing states Biden +5.0 as of Wednesday vs. Biden +4.7 a week ago
National polling avg. Biden +9.2 as of Thursday vs. Biden +9.8 a week ago
Betting markets Biden 65.4%, Trump 35.0% as of Thursday vs. Biden 64.5%, Trump 35.1% a week ago
S&P 500 SPX, -0.31% -0.6% Thursday, +1.9% in 1 month
CBOE Volatility Index VIX, +3.78% +5.6% Thursday, +9.0% in 1 month

Sources: RealClearPolitics, FactSet

During the interview with Varney, the Republican incumbent dismissed pollsters who generally show him trailing Biden, echoing his past criticism as he said: “The polls were wrong last time, and they’re more wrong this time.”

In addition, Trump blasted Twitter TWTR, -1.16% and Facebook FB, -2.29% as “a third arm” of the Democratic National Committee after Twitter on Wednesday blocked tweets about a report on Hunter Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee’s son. The president also said he’s told Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who has been negotiating with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on another coronavirus aid package, that the White House’s offer could go above its previous level of $1.8 trillion, but so far Mnuchin “hasn’t come home with the bacon.”

Polling average for top swing states

Source: RealClearPolitics

Trump while on Fox Business touched on the potential for tax cuts if he wins a second term, saying he may aim to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate to the “even number” of 20%, down from its current rate of 21%. The president also said, “All I want is a fair election,” when Varney asked him about what circumstances would lead him to concede to Biden.

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Before the NBC event in Florida, Trump was holding a rally in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon.

U.S. stocks SPX, -0.31% were losing ground Thursday, while the CBOE Volatility Index VIX, +3.78% was advancing. Analysts were blaming the retreat for equities in part on fresh coronavirus-related lockdowns in Europe, as well as on the lack of progress in Washington on another coronavirus aid package.


Originally published on MarketWatch

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