Savannah Guthrie was the mom we needed to moderate the president 🔥

During the first presidential debate, Twitter jokingly called for a mom to moderate. Guthrie delivered.

Savannah Guthrie was the mom we needed to moderate the president 🔥
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The night of the first presidential debate many social media users said they wished a mom had been moderating, because a mom would be able to deal with the constant interrupting and insulting that went on between President Trump and Joe Biden.

This week we didn't get a second presidential debate with Biden, but we did see the President face off against a mom: NBC's Savannah Guthrie.

The TODAY anchor did more than hold her own against the President, she questioned him, debated him, and fact-checked him in real time.

"I don't get it," was a frequent phrase for Guthrie throughout the program, as she challenged President Trump on everything from whether he tested negative before the first presidential debate (He said: "Possibly I did, possibly I didn't.") to his position to white supremacy ("I denounced white supremacy," he insisted, adding "Are you listening?") to his refusal to denounce the mass delusion known as Q Anon.

When the president stated that he knows Q Anon "are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard," Guthrie took the president to task, pressing him to admit that there is no satanic pedophile cult.

The president replied, that no, he doesn't know that and neither does she. She then asked the president why he tweeted a conspiracy theory about Joe Biden .

"That was a retweet," Mr. Trump said, and that's when Guthrie said something that lit up the internet.

"I don't get that," she told Trump. "You're the president. You're not like someone's crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever."

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The president, at times, insulted Guthrie, once suggesting that she—an award-winning news journalist—isn't up on her current events.

It happened during an exchange about mail-in ballots and President Trump's suggestion that mail ballot fraud is a widespread issue (it's not). When Guthrie fact-checked the president in real time, stating that there is no evidence of widespread mail ballot fraud, he said: "How can you say that? You do read newspapers? You do watch the news?"

Still, Guthrie held her own against the man who occupies the highest office in the nation.

She pressed the president on his tax returns, and he said the $750 figure reported by the New York Times is simply a "filing number" and suggested that the newspaper obtained his tax records illegally. Guthrie pointed out that there is no law preventing the president from releasing his tax returns himself, to which he replied, no, "except common sense and intelligence."

Throughout the program, Guthrie introduced citizens who presented questions to the president, on subjects such as Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination and whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned.

The president didn't answer directly, but stated that he wanted to leave that up to a brilliant jurist.

"I think she is going to make a great decision," the president said, referring to Coney Barrett.

When a woman from the audience asked about policing of Black Americans, the president replied: "I've done more for the Black community than any other President other than Lincoln."

Another woman asked the president about immigration, and he replied: "They have to come in through a merit system and they have to come in legally. And people are very happy, you haven't heard any complaints about that."

In the last 30 seconds of the evening President Trump told Guthrie a vaccine is coming soon and that next year will be better.

We hope you're right, Mr. President.

[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.]

[Correction: A previous version of this post suggested Guthrie made the "crazy uncle" comment in reference to Q Anon. It was in reference to a specific conspiracy theory regarding the former Vice President.]


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From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

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This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

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Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

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Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

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The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

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Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


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