Debate watchers took to Twitter to commend moderator Kristen Welker’s debate performance Thursday night.
Many commented on the NBC News reporter's ability to keep the contentious rivals under control and effectively lead the evening’s conversation after the rocky first debate, when President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE repeatedly interrupted moderator Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMurthy calls for people to be 'more vigilant' on omicron, but not to panic Ernst on Russian buildup on Ukraine border: 'We must prepare for the worst' Fauci to appear on Fox Business Friday for rare interview on the network MORE of Fox News.
Kristen Welker is firm, focused, and puts up with exactly zero malarkey.— Monica Hesse (@MonicaHesse) October 22, 2020
This last Welker question about inauguration is brilliant.— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) October 22, 2020
Very well done tonight, Kristen Welker. Very well done. pic.twitter.com/KVj8mJy59j— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) October 22, 2020
Wallace said he was envious of Welker given the different nature of the debate.
"Well, first of all I'm jealous," Wallace said on Fox News during the network's live coverage of the event. "I would have liked to have been able to moderate that debate."
The veteran television journalist described Thursday's event as "a real exchange of views rather than hundreds of interruptions.”
President Trump himself praised Welker during the debate, just days after he claimed she was “terrible and unfair,” saying, “By the way, I respect the way you're handling this.”
Some of Trump’s supporters condemned Welker's handling of the debate, however, claiming she unfairly gave Biden more talking time.
Does the moderator EVER let Trump finish an answer?#MuteTheModerator— Ann CoulterAnn Hart CoulterMumford & Sons banjo player on hiatus after praising conservative journalist's book Library staffer fired after being accused of burning Trump, Coulter books Drudge congratulates Warnock, says Ann Coulter should have been GOP candidate MORE (@AnnCoulter) October 22, 2020
Welker has spent the evening interrupting Trump and refusing to challenge Biden. https://t.co/BbiiKe6FNT— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 22, 2020
Welker, who has been covering the White House since 2011, was the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate since 1992.