“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game,” the commander in chief tweeted Saturday after son Don Jr. shared.
“The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” he asked, a sarcastic reference to the C-SPAN political editor who was suspended after lying about being hacked after being called a “never Trumper.”
Trump also went after Welker during his Saturday night rally in Janesville, Wisconsin, after sarcastically referring to “totally unbiased anchors.”
“We have another one of them coming up next week,” he said, then naming the NBC News White House correspondent.
“I’ve known her for a long time, she’s extraordinarily unfair but that’s all right,” the president told the crowd.
He also pointed to the fact that Welker’s Twitter account was brought down Friday, reappearing Saturday, suggesting it was to avoid a repeat of the Scully scandal.
“She deleted her entire account. I wonder why? I can’t imagine,” he said.
NBC that the short freeze on her account was just to ensure it was secure. “She consulted internally, made sure there was two-factor authentication and turned it back on,” a spokesperson said.
It was revealed Saturday how Welker was previously a registered Democrat and her family has donated thousands to the party. In 2012, Welker and her family celebrated Christmas at the White House with the Obamas.
An NBC spokesperson said that Welker has not had any company affiliation since registering to vote in Washington, D.C., in 2012.
The rep mentioned comments made earlier this month by Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller calling the White House correspondent “very fair” and “a very good choice” as debate moderator.
Welker disabled her account following controversy over the tweets of fellow presidential debate moderator, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, who said he was hacked after his account posted a message to former Trump staffer Anthony Scaramucci.
Scully — who was set to lead the second 2020 presidential debate on October 15 before it became a virtual event and Trump dropped out — found himself at the center of the dispute last week after he publicly tweeted Scaramucci to ask whether he should respond to Trump’s criticism.
Scully was called out by Trump after old tweets came back including a Scully with Biden and the caption, “Gotta love the @VP at the Biden Beach Bash ’16.”
James Woods, an actor and producer, wrote on his personal twitter account:"Republicans simply deserve to lose this election. How in God’s name do you approve of a debate moderator so biased she has to delete her Twitter account before the debate?"