Journalist Kirsten Welker was praised by viewers and by the current president, who days ago had accused her of being “terrible and unfair.”
The moderator of the last presidential debate in the United States, Kristen Welker, was the most praised of the night on social networks, although it helped that the president, Donald Trump, was much more content and that the microphones could be muted.
Even Trump, who regularly criticizes NBC News – where Welker works – and had accused that journalist of being “terrible and unfair” to him, praised the work the moderator did, considering it “very professional”.
“By the way, I respect very much the way you are handling this, I have to say it,” Trump also told Welker in the middle of the face-to-face with the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, held in Nashville (Tennessee).
Welker was the second black woman who has moderated a presidential debate in US history: the first was Carole Simpson, who did so in 1992.
The 44-year-old journalist, who is NBC News correspondent to the White House since 2011, asked the candidates about immigration, racism, climate change, the covid-19 pandemic and the integrity of the elections, among other topics, and the debate passed much more fluent than the one celebrated almost a month ago.
The moderator of that first face to face in Cleveland (Ohio), the journalist Chris Wallace, confessed this Thursday that he was envious of the exchange that Welker had to moderate, while his was riddled with interruptions, the majority of Trump.
“I’m jealous, I would have liked to moderate that debate,” Wallace said in statements to the network where he works, Fox News.
This debate was expected to be more civilized because the Presidential Debate Commission – the organizers of the meeting – had announced that I’d mute the candidates’ microphones in certain parts to avoid chaos.
At the beginning of each of the six segments, each candidate had two minutes to present their arguments without interruption, while their rival had the microphone turned off, something that many users celebrated on social media.
“I must admit that the fact that there was a mute button and having a good moderator made the debate enjoyable to watch,” wrote a user named Mike Watson on his official Twitter account.