Biden's Town Hall Was 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood' While Trump's Was 'President Vs. Guthrie,' Critics Say

President Donald Trump's town hall event was "president vs. Guthrie" and Democratic nominee Joe Biden's was Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, according to critics.

The two political opponents both held town hall events on Thursday night. Biden announced his first after Trump pulled out of the second presidential debate because organizers had shifted the in-person event to a virtual format. The president then scheduled his own town hall to run at the same time—8 p.m. ET—as Biden's.

ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos moderated Biden's in Philadelphia, while NBC's Today show co-host Savannah Guthrie moderated Trump's in Miami. And the two shows were drastically different in tone.

Critics were quick to suggest that it was due to contrasting approaches taken by the two moderators. "This is a town hall? Where is the town? It's just Savannah badgering. What a joke," Fox News host Greg Gutfeld tweeted.

"Well @JoeBiden @ABCPolitics townhall feels like I am watching an episode of Mister Rodgers [sic] Neighborhood," Trump advisor Mercedes Schlapp wrote in response.

Well @JoeBiden @ABCPolitics townhall feels like I am watching an episode of Mister Rodgers Neighborhood. https://t.co/bC8fIZPxHR

— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) October 16, 2020

Some Americans online insisted that Stephanopoulos went easy on Biden during the 90-minute event. Meanwhile, Guthrie received both praise and criticism for aggressively holding Trump to account. Supporters of the president accused the moderator of "interrupting" the president and opponents of the president congratulated her performance.

Members of both sides agreed that the president's town hall felt more like a debate, with one Twitter user calling the event "President Trump vs. Savannah Guthrie."

The second debate:

President Trump vs. Savannah Guthrie

— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) October 16, 2020

"I know this isn't a popular opinion but watching Trump and then watching Biden, was probably better than a debate in seeing just that contrast," tweeted Bill Burton, a former White House Press Secretary for Barack Obama. "The temperature going down, the rational thoughts, the notion that we could actually have an adult in that job."

I know this isn't a popular opinion but watching Trump and then watching Biden, was probably better than a debate in seeing just that contrast. The temperature going down, the rational thoughts, the notion that we could actually have an adult in that job.

— Bill Burton (@billburton) October 16, 2020

"I'm watching Trump so you don't have to. Guthrie is slamming him. He's defensive. I'm glad he's doing this," American psychologist Jeffrey Guterman tweeted.

I’m watching Trump so you don’t have to. Guthrie is slamming him. He’s defensive. I’m glad he’s doing this. #BidenHarrisLandslide2020

— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) October 16, 2020

"So, is every pundit/media person on Twitter watching Trump? Because I'm seeing a lot of tweets about lies, pedophilia, and pizza, while Biden discusses economic policy, sound science in dealing with the pandemic, etc. Haven't seen any of that mentioned," user @BarbinMD tweeted.

So, is every pundit/media person on Twitter watching Trump? Because I'm seeing a lot of tweets about lies, pedophilia, and pizza, while Biden discusses economic policy, sound science in dealing with the pandemic, etc. Haven't seen any of that mentioned.

— Barbara Morrill (@BarbinMD) October 16, 2020

"Watching Joe Biden's town hall is the most relaxed I've felt in years. This should be a form of yoga," user @sonjablair tweeted.

Watching Joe Biden’s town hall is the most relaxed I’ve felt in years. This should be a form of yoga. #BidenTownHall

— Sonja (@sonjablair) October 16, 2020

"I'm mostly watching President Trump tonight but every time I check in on former VP Joe Biden's town hall he is giving lengthy policy answers and telling personal stories," PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tweeted. "Trump has focused mostly on quick answers and broad policy talk rather than specifics."

I'm mostly watching President Trump tonight but every time I check in on former VP Joe Biden's town hall he is giving lengthy policy answers and telling personal stories. Trump has focused mostly on quick answers and broad policy talk rather than specifics.

— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 16, 2020
Trump and Biden
This combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democratic Presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden squaring off during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. Jim Watson and Saul Loeb/Getty