PRESIDENTIAL debate moderator Kristen Welker has been accused of partaking in "anti-Trump activism" – days after the president called her “biased” and “unfair.”
Welker, a White House correspondent for NBC News, is set to moderate the next and final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden on Thursday night.
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Last week, it was reported that the 44-year-old’s parents have in the past donated to Democratic campaigns – leading critics to question Welker’s objectivity.
Welker is registered to vote in Washington, DC, but isn’t affiliated with any political party, according to PolitiFact.
This week, Trump slammed Welker amid scrutiny of her Democrat connections.
“She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game,” Trump tweeted.
“The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?” the president added.
C-span political editor Scully, another debate moderator, was suspended indefinitely last week after he admitted he lied about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump called Welker a "very biased person."
"Her parents are very biased, but that's my life," he added.
The star NBC reporter’s parents, Julie and Harvey Welker, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic candidates, data from the Federal Election Commission shows.
The Welkers have donated to the Biden campaign, as well as efforts to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
A photo on Welker’s Facebook page shows the reporter with the Obamas celebrating Christmas at the White House in 2012.
The pic was from a White House press corps holiday party – something the president, aside from Trump, hosts each year.
Generations of journalists have attended the party and posed for photos with the president they’re covering.
The New York Post reported earlier this month that Welker was caught on a live-camera “tipping off” a member of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign back in 2016.
Welker was allegedly “caught” on a hot mic discussing “at least one question” that she was going to ask with a member of Clinton’s campaign.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that Trump will "confront Joe Biden on corruption claims" in the final debate even if the "totally biased" moderator doesn't bring it up.
"Even if the moderator doesn't ask him, there'll be questions asked,” Meadows said. "This is not going to go away.”
Meadows is referring to reporting from the Post last week about a “smoking gun email” Hunter Biden received from Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Ukrainian gas company Burisma's board.
Hunter Biden joined the board of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma in 2014, around the time Biden was helping conduct the Obama administration's foreign policy with Ukraine.
Trump and his supporters have alleged that Biden pushed for the firing of Ukraine's top prosecutor to protect his son and Burisma from any investigation.
Thursday's debate will see Trump and Biden battle it out on topics such as Covid, American families, national security, leadership, climate change, and race.
There has been no mention of Biden being questioned about recent allegations that have been published about his son.
Welker will be the first black woman to moderate a presidential debate since Carole Simpson in 1992.
Earlier this month, Trump aide Jason Miller said on Fox News that he has “a very high opinion” of Welker.
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He suggested she would do an excellent job as moderator, as she’s “very fair in her approach.”
It isn't clear why Welker has earned Trump’s disapproval.
Trump and Biden will square off one last time at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday in a 90-minute debate starting at 9pm ET.