Debate moderator Steve Scully says his Twitter account was hacked as president accuses him of being a 'Never Trumper'

President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger welcomes baby boy Tennessee lawmaker presents self-defense bill in 'honor' of Kyle Rittenhouse Five things to know about the New York AG's pursuit of Trump MORE on Friday accused C-SPAN political editor and future debate moderator Steve Scully of being a "Never Trumper," though Scully says his Twitter account was hacked and a message to a former top Trump aide did not originate from him.

Scully had come under criticism after his account tweeted at former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciFormer Trump officials plotting effort to blunt his impact on elections: report Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Yarmuth slams Massie for gun-filled family Christmas photo MORE, a Trump ally-turned-critic, asking whether he should “respond to Trump” after the president claimed during a Fox News appearance that Scully was a “Never Trumper” who “worked for Biden at one point.”

Trump’s accusation appeared to reference Scully’s brief internship in Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE’s Senate office more than four decades ago.


“Steve Scully, the second Debate Moderator, is a Never Trumper, just like the son of the great Mike Wallace. Fix!!!” Trump tweeted, referencing Fox News anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWolf Blitzer will host an evening newscast on CNN's streaming service Audie Cornish hired by CNN, will host show and podcast on streaming service The five biggest media stories of 2021 MORE, who moderated the first presidential debate last week. 

C-SPAN said Friday that “Scully did not originate the tweet and believes his account has been hacked.”


Scaramucci responded to the tweet from Scully’s account, advising him to “ignore” the president. 

“He is having a hard enough time,” he tweeted. “Some more bad stuff about to go down.”

Former Trump press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerJudge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board Chris Wallace labels Psaki 'one of the best press secretaries ever' John Legend, Chrissy Teigen troll Sean Spicer MORE voiced support for Scully and C-SPAN on Twitter, saying Scully "did not send the tweet."

For now, it appears unlikely there will even be a presidential debate next week. The fate of the town hall-style event, originally scheduled to take place Thursday, has been called into question after the Commission on Presidential Debates announced plans to hold it in a virtual format due to Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

Trump has said that he will not participate in a virtual debate and has insisted on the event being held in person, while Biden has since announced he will be hosting a town hall with ABC News on Thursday.

—Updated at 12:56 p.m.