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

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies 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 ScaramucciAnthony Scaramucci joining CNBC as a contributor Biden doubles down on normal at White House Pence, other GOP officials expected to skip Trump send-off 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 announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies Overnight Defense: Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave | Pentagon chief: Climate crisis 'existential' threat to US national security | Army conducts review after 4 Black soldiers harassed at Virginia IHOP Feds expect to charge scores more in connection to Capitol riot 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) WallaceEx-Trump aide McEnany knocks Biden: Presidents should not 'inflame' tensions Cornyn defends controversial tweet as not about Biden's competency Sullivan: White House 'absolutely committed' to raising refugee cap 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 SpicerOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Biden moves vaccine eligibility by almost two weeks Easter Bunny pays surprise visit to White House briefing room 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.