October 31, 2020

Hillary Clinton says ‘Americans are sick of the Trump reality show’ as she trolls him over Biden’s higher TV ratings

Hillary Clinton says ‘Americans are sick of the Trump reality show’ as she trolls him over Biden’s higher TV ratings

HILLARY Clinton has mocked Donald Trump as it emerged Joe Biden beat the President in a ratings battle between their dueling town halls on NBC and ABC.

Clinton – who lost to Trump in 2016 – said that Americans are “sick of the Trump reality show” in a post to her almost 29million followers on Twitter.

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Hillary Clinton mocked Donald Trump as he lost in the ratings to Joe Biden

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Hillary Clinton mocked Donald Trump as he lost in the ratings to Joe BidenCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Clinton said Americans are 'sick' of the Trump reality show

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Clinton said Americans are ‘sick’ of the Trump reality showCredit: Twitter
Donald Trump is trailing in the polls to Joe Biden

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Donald Trump is trailing in the polls to Joe BidenCredit: Reuters

The former Secretary of State mocked the President after it was revealed Trump’s performance had almost one million viewers fewer than Biden.

Trump‘s showing was seen on three networks, NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

Nielsen numbers shows he pulled in a total of around 13.4million viewers, while Biden‘s chat on ABC was watched by 14.1million, according to the Nielsen numbers.

The figures however do not take into account online and streaming numbers.

Clinton mocked the President after the Trump campaign was bullish it would pull in more viewers after a virtual debate was axed.

She said: “‘Americans are sick of the Trump reality show. Let’s cancel it for good, shall we?”

Biden currently leads in the national polls, but Trump overturned Hillary’s lead for a sensational election day upset back in 2016

Sources claimed Trump was eager to humiliate his election rival by “blowing him out of the water” in TV ratings.

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“He looks at this the same way he looks at attendance at his rallies versus the [turnout] Biden gets for his events,” an anonymous source told The Daily Beast.

Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said: “We’re gonna have a much bigger audience than Joe.”

The President had refused to debate Biden online, saying it was a “waste of time”, after a second head-to-head was moved into cyberspace following his coronavirus diagnosis.

Donald Trump wipes his face during a break at his NBC town hall in Miami

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Donald Trump wipes his face during a break at his NBC town hall in Miami Credit: AP:Associated Press
Donald Trump speaks to his team amid the grilling

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Donald Trump speaks to his team amid the grilling Credit: AP:Associated Press
Savannah Guthrie quizzed the President on his apparent endorsement of conspiracy theories

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Savannah Guthrie quizzed the President on his apparent endorsement of conspiracy theories Credit: AP:Associated Press

Trump’s town hall – moderated by Savannah Guthrie – was approximately 30 minutes shorter than Biden’s program and was much more combative in tone.

In a statement the President’s campaign boasted that he had “soundly defeated” the moderator – branding her a “Joe Biden surrogate”.

It added: “President Trump masterfully handled Guthrie’s attacks and interacted warmly and effectively with the voters in the room.”

Trump and Guthrie sparred over numerous topics as she challenged him to disavow conspiracy theories.

The presenter asked Trump about why he appeared to be supporting QAnon conspiracies, including the bizarre idea that Joe had a Navy Seal team killed and Osama bin Laden is still alive.

“That was a retweet! People can decide for themselves!” the president said.

Guthrie quipped: “I don’t get that. You’re the president, not someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever!”

Trump insisted: “That was a retweet. And I do a lot of retweets. And frankly, because the media is so fake, and so corrupt, if I didn’t have social media – I don’t call it Twitter, I call it social media – I wouldn’t be able to get the word out.”

Joe Biden went up against Trump on ABC

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Joe Biden went up against Trump on ABCCredit: AFP or licensors
Joe Biden escaped any questions about Hunter Biden's emails

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Joe Biden escaped any questions about Hunter Biden’s emailsCredit: AFP or licensors
Joe Biden was quizzed by George Stephanopoulos

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Joe Biden was quizzed by George StephanopoulosCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Speaking at a rally after the event, Trump went on the attack – despite initially claiming his town hall had got good reviews.

He said: “I had somebody going totally crazy last night. I had a lot of fun last night with that, it was a nice pleasurable evening.

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

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

Biden meanwhile managed to escape his town hall without facing any questions about his son Hunter’s emails seemingly implicating the former VP in his son’s work for a gas firm in Ukraine.

Trump blasted ABC moderator George Stephanopoulos for failing to ask about it, moaning the former Democrat advisor was “nasty” and “tough” when interviewing him.

The President said: “I bet you Hunter is the middleman, like a vacuum cleaner. He follows his father around.

“What a disgrace. It’s a crime family. You want to know something? It’s a crime family. Hunter Biden is a middleman. These people are amazing, these  middlemen.

“Hunter made no money until his father became vice president and now he’s like a vacuum cleaner.”

Anti-Trump protesters face mounted police

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Anti-Trump protesters face mounted policeCredit: AFP or licensors
Pro-Trump protesters hold a rally in Miami

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Pro-Trump protesters hold a rally in Miami Credit: EPA
Cops arrest three protesters outside the Trump town hall event in Miami

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Cops arrest three protesters outside the Trump town hall event in Miami Credit: Reuters

Back in August, the Nielsen company said Biden had 24.6million viewers as he accepted his Democratic nomination for president.

The number was slightly more than than Trump’s 23.8million viewers counted for during his acceptance speech at a Republican convention a week before.

Regardless of the president’s Thursday night viewership numbers, Trump tweeted out his thanks to followers citing “good reviews” of his NBC News interview.

He wrote to Twitter on Friday afternoon: “Very good reviews on last night’s @NBCNews Town Hall in Miami. Thank you!!!”

Meanwhile, CNN host Don Lemon has blasted NBC News for scheduling the town hall with Trump to air at the same time as Biden’s town hall with ABC News.

During his show on Wednesday night, Lemon called the move by NBC an “embarrassing ratings ploy” and said network execs have been duped by Trump. 

“How does that help the American people?” Lemon asked about the dueling broadcasts before they aired on Thursday.

“How does that inform the electorate, by putting those two people on at the same time and making people choose from one to the other?”

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