NBC News host Savannah Guthrie faced withering criticism online from viewers, as well as from President Trump's reelection campaign, for her combative and adversarial approach to the townhall she hosted with the president Thursday night.
Political commentators Lisa Boothe and Greg Gutfeld summed up the mood of many following the event by noting how little voters were actually getting to participate in an evening billed as a townhall.
The Trump campaign also joined in the criticism, framing its response in the context of a post-debate, rather than post-townhall statement.
"Even though the commission canceled the in-person debate that could have happened tonight, one occurred anyway, and President Trump soundly defeated NBC's Savannah Guthrie in her role as debate opponent and Joe Biden surrogate," the campaign wrote. "President Trump masterfully handled Guthrie's attacks and interacted warmly and effectively with the voters in the room."
Guthrie and NBC had been subject to a great deal of scorn from Democrats for agreeing to host Trump's townhall opposite of the previously-scheduled ABC townhall event with former vice president Joe Biden.
Some, including veteran reporter and former NBC employee Megyn Kelly, thought Guthrie's antagonistic treatment of Trump was a response to those concerns.