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'Totally crazy': Trump lashes out at moderator Savannah Guthrie after tough questions at NBC town hall

President hits back after broadcaster praised for her handling of him

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Friday 16 October 2020 20:41 BST
Trump lashes out at Savannah Guthrie after tough questions at town hall

Donald Trump lashed out at Savannah Guthrie and called her “totally crazy” the day after their contentious NBC town hall.

The Today show broadcaster has been praised for her tough grilling of the president over white supremacy, coronavirus and the QAnon conspiracy theory.

"I had somebody going totally crazy last night," Mr Trump said at his Friday event for seniors in Fort Myers, Florida.

“I had a lot of fun last night with that, it was a nice pleasurable evening,” he added.

"I understand that worked out very well last night, that is what the word is.

“Another evening in paradise is what I call it.”

Mr Trump and Ms Guthrie repeatedly clashed during Thursday night’s NBC event with the journalist even telling him “You’re the president – you’re not like someone’s crazy uncle” over his retweeting of outlandish conspiracy theories.

Ms Guthrie also challenged the president for refusing to denounce the QAnon conspiracy group.

The president repeatedly denied knowing about the right-wing group, labelled a domestic terrorism threat by the FBI, despite Ms Guthrie prompting him, and despite his having been asked about it at a White House press conference in mid-August.

“Let me just tell you what I do hear about, it is they are very strongly against paedophilia and I agree with that. I do agree with that very strongly,” said Mr Trump.

At one point Mr Trump got so frustrated with Ms Guthrie’s attempts to counter his claims he talked over her and said “So cute” at her line of questioning.

“You always do this, you have done this to me and everybody. I denounced white supremacy, I have denounced it for years, you always do this," said the president after being asked about his previous hesitancy in denouncing groups like the Proud Boys.

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