KEY POINTS

  • President Trump on Thursday slammed NBC just hours before appearing on the network for a town hall
  • Trump complained that he would be treated unfairly
  • Trump mocked NBC during a rally in North Carolina by taking shots at moderator Savannah Guthrie and other network anchors

President Trump slammed NBC at a rally Thursday in North Carolina just hours before he appears on the network for a town hall. The comments appeared to imply that he would be treated unfairly by the network.

Trump indicated he didn't mind agreeing to do the town hall because it amounted to "a free hour on television." From 2004 to 2015, Trump headlined the NBC reality program, "The Apprentice." He has since had a bitter relationship with the network, disputing reports he was fired.

At the rally in North Carolina, he took shots at moderator Savannah Guthrie and other network anchors.

"So you know, I’m being set up tonight, right. I’m doing this town hall with Con-cast," Trump said, mocking the name of NBC's parent company Comcast.

He called NBC "the worst."

Trump's town hall in Florida will take place at the same time as his opponent Joe Biden's town hall in Philadelphia, which is being broadcasted on ABC. The dueling events are taking place in lieu of the second presidential debate, which had been scheduled for Thursday night in Miami.

Trump mocked Biden and argued that he couldn't "make it" through the ABC town hall.  

"They’re doing him on ABC," Trump said of Biden's event. "And actually I'd like to watch him because I’d like to see if he can make it through the program."

The debate was canceled after Trump refused to agree to the Commission on Presidential Debate's new virtual format. The Commission announced the debate would be a virtual event after Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

NBC is being criticized for inviting Trump to a town hall. Some of the network's top talent lashed out at the media conglomerate.