ABC fell silent amid growing criticism of its town hall with Joe Biden after two of the attendees who asked the designated Democratic questions were identified as an Obama spokesman and wife of a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat.
One of the interviewers was Nathan Osburn, who worked for the Office of Public Affairs in the Department of Commerce under the Obama-Biden administration and the Small Business Administration.
Osburn’s profession is listed as “communication” in a graphic and his city on the city is listed as Philadelphia.
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Another interviewer was Mieke Haeck, who was identified by ABC as a physical therapist from State College, Pa.
Haeck is also the wife of Ezra Nanes, who in 2018 ran for Republican state Senate President Jake Corman. Nanes is currently a one-on-one member of the Center County Democratic Committee.
Nanes praised her husband’s appearance in the town hall on Twitter.
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“Our children and I are very proud of our @MiekeHaeck for his courage to ask this question by @JoeBiden and very grateful to our next President for his caring and decisive answer in support of transgender and all LGBTQs, “Nanes wrote.
Upon reaching the comment, ABC News instructed Fox News on the statements of the town hall moderator George Stephanopoulos at the beginning of the event.
“Some are voting [Biden], some say they are voting for President Trump, some are still undecided, and we will try to get questions from as many as possible tonight, “Stephanopoulos told viewers.
ABC News declined to comment further.
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Fox News reached out to Biden, Osburn and Haeck for comment and did not immediately receive a response.
Stephanopoulos, a former communications director for the Bill Clinton White House, was also criticized for failing to ask Joe Biden about the explosive report in the New York Post about Hunter Biden, talking business abroad and their potential connection to his father, was Vice President Biden.
This is not the first time ABC has landed in hot water at one of the city hall events. Last month, The Washington Free Beacon reported that at least two of the so-called “unscrupulous voters” who participated in its town hall along with President Trump joined liberal political activism or criticized the president on social media.
One of them, Kutztown University professor Ellesia Blaque – who grilled President Trump on the topic of health care – announced his intention to volunteer for Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign in a tweet in January 2019. In other tweets, Blaque dismissed the president as “pathetic,” “a f — ing moron,” a “pig,” and a “pig.” Meanwhile, he is recognized as a “liberal Democrat” on his Facebook page.
The other is Philadelphia pastor Carl Day, also nicknamed an “unconvinced” ABC News voter, but only tweeted last month that he “never supported the trumpet and no longer does. All I have to do is call them nonsense. “
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In another tweet, Day referred to Trump’s slogan “Rebuild America” as an hour if “n —– s did what they were told in all industries, there would be no courage to try to enter a white [sic] the establishment and did not speak back to the police. Day also suggested that Trump was a “villain.” “
During the town hall, Day tapped Trump on his catchphrase at MAGA, asking him when America was “great for African-Americans in the American ghetto” and if he was aware of “how deaf the tone was. in African-American communities. “
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Brian Flood contributed to this report.