Welker, 44, the only person of color chosen to moderate presidential debate this year, quickly earned plaudits as the event unfolded in a calmer and less chaotic manner than the first presidential debate in Cleveland. The winner of Thursday night’s debate was “obviously” Welker, tweeted New York Times opinion writer Jamelle Bouie.
Wallace, whose own moderation was widely criticized after the first debate, was asked on air what he thought of the tenor of the final debate moderated by Welker. “First of all, I’m jealous,” he said.
Trump, who is trying to appeal to female voters as he trails Biden in national polling, also praised Welker after spending the days before the debate criticizing her.
“So far, I respect very much the way you’re handling this,” Trump said to Welker when she gave him time to respond to Biden at one point.
The praise came after Trump attacked her on Twitter over the weekend. She has “always been terrible and unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters”, he tweeted at the time.