Originally, tonight would have been the second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden. Due to Trump contracting the coronavirus, a virtual debate was planned. When Trump refused, the debate was canceled.
Biden’s team opted to do a town hall on ABC (Thursday, 8 p.m.) to replace the original debate. On Wednesday, Trump decided to hold a town hall of his own on rival station NBC at the same time as Biden’s event, making voters decide which town hall they wanted to witness.
This caused a virtual uproar as voters, television executives, politicians, and just about anyone with a voice has condemned NBC for giving into Trump’s ego to compete directly against Biden.
Twitter responded: #NBCBlackout and #NBCBoycott started to trend on the social media platform.
Want to participate in the #NBCBlackout?
INSTEAD: watch Joe Biden on @ABC at 8PM ET.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) October 15, 2020
NBC and all their employees who didn’t walk out of their jobs in protest, are REWARDING the jackass who called them and all journalists “enemies of the people” and “fake news”, while spreading a deadly virus across our country. PASS IT ON. #NBCBlackout #NBCboycott pic.twitter.com/OcegoDE8NB
— 🙋🏻♀️Ella Diaz 🇵🇷✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@factspusher) October 15, 2020
Been a viewer for more than 50 yrs. @NBCNews. Speak up! @MSNBC @JoeNBC @morningmika Been let down. Feeling duped by @NBCNews & @SavannahGuthrie. Devious! I’ll be watching @ABC no doubt. #NBCBlackout #NBCboycott https://t.co/v2Vzv4GqL6
— Rebecca White (@rebeccagwhite) October 15, 2020
Don’t give a platform to lies!
— Blue Revolution (@EricWilde) October 15, 2020
These are the companies to turn off and avoid if anyone is serious about the #NBCboycott.
They own A LOT.
Remember that NBC execs refused to produce Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein rape exposé and they chose to protect Matt Lauer and not his victims. pic.twitter.com/MGQ23lOfd5
— ArtistLike (@Artistlike) October 14, 2020
The town halls are a result of Trump’s refusal to debate. @NBCNews shame on you for this move to further dismantle the democratic process. #NBCIsTrumpsAccomplice #NBCboycott #NBCBlackout #NBC #NBCNewsIsASellout #nbcfail #NBCnotcool
— Sharon Discorfano (@shadisco) October 15, 2020
— Hiam Abbas (@showmetheequity) October 15, 2020
— e (@Nesto2019) October 15, 2020
I believe it is entirely possible that we can give #NBC the worst ratings in the history of ratings. Anyone care to join me? #NBCBlackout #NBCboycott #NBCIsTrumpsAccomplice #NBCNewsIsASellout https://t.co/aSuvhH3jGT
— Glenna Strable (@glennasonly) October 15, 2020
— Code Ferret (@code_ferret) October 15, 2020
— 🌪 SnowStormBOO!Ⓥ🌪 🌊19🌊🌱 (@snowstormyou) October 15, 2020
Really @SavannahGuthrie? You are hosting a town hall for trump at the very same time @JoeBiden is on @ABCNetwork? I’ve been watching the @TODAYshow for 38 years. I guess I’m done doing that. #NBCboycott
— Karen-not a Karen (@kmbankovich) October 14, 2020
— footballchick (@mamastronomy) October 15, 2020
— David Rae (@davidrae) October 14, 2020
NBC News head Cesar Conde says, “We share in the frustration that our event will initially air alongside the first half of ABC’s broadcast with Vice President Biden. Our decision is motivated only by fairness, not business considerations.” https://t.co/PRPgzvLm9S via @WSJ
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) October 15, 2020
Dear @nbc, I have deleted your apps from my Amazon Fire Stick and cancelled my premium services over you giving Trump a platform to spew his lies & hate. #NBCIsTrumpsAccomplice #NBCboycott #NBCBlackout pic.twitter.com/j4jpKVlYME
— 🎃Thanatos Morțiș🎃♿🏳️🌈 #BLM✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽 #TTRPG (@CelticPagan1) October 15, 2020