Trump: Debate Moderator Ignored All of Hillary Clinton's Scandals"They were leaving all of her little goodies out"
Sep. 27, 2016
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GOP nominee Donald Trump reacted to last night's debate this morning by noting that debate moderator Lester Holt of NBC News failed to question Hillary a single question about any of the controversial subjects that have dominated headlines over the past year and more.
Appearing on Fox & Friends, Trump stated that he believed Holt's questioning to be unfair toward the end of the debate:
"He didn't ask her about her emails at all, he didn't ask her about her scandals, he didn't ask her about the Benghazi deal that she destroyed. He didn't ask her about a lot of things she should have been asked about."
"When you look at the last four questions, hit hit me on birther, he hit me on a housing deal from many years ago that I settled with no recourse… that's a beauty to be asked. about a 40 year old law suit." Trump said.
"They were leaving all of her little goodies out" Trump continued.
"Lester should have brought up the emails, there should have been a question." the GOP nominee urged.
The only time Clinton's emails were raised was when Trump fended off a challenge by Holt over why he had not released his tax returns.
"I will release my tax returns against my lawyers' wishes when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them I will release--I will release my tax returns and that's against--my lawyers, they say don't do it," Trump said, prompting loud cheers from the crowd.
When Holt asked Trump if it was negotiable to release his tax returns, he replied "It's not negotiable, no. Let her release the emails. Why did she delete 30,000--" before he was cut off by Holt who told the crowd they needed to be silent during the debate.
"I thought Lester was really good for the half, because he was bringing up general and main subjects that were important… But then at the end they start bringing up 45 year old lawsuits." Trump said.
Trump noted that he would give Holt a C or a C+ as a grade, adding "I thought he was fine, but he gave me very unfair questions at the end, but I'm not complaining about that, I thought he was OK."
Immediately following the debate, Trump initially said he found Lester Holt to have been generally fair, however, his campaign and surrogates projected a different view.
Rudy Giuliani denounced Holt's 'interference', noting "If I were Donald Trump, I wouldn't participate in another debate unless I was promised the journalist would act like a journalist, and not an ignorant fact check."
The Hill noted that Holt frequently 'fact checked' Trump but did not do the same to Hillary.
"Lester Holt felt the pressure on him to be Trump's fact-checker, and it showed," said Noah Rothman, assistant online editor for Commentary Magazine.
According to left-leaning news site Vox, Holt interrupted Trump 30 times during the debate, while Clinton was interrupted only 19 times by the moderator. The site, predictably, spun the statistics to suggest Trump is sexist.
Following the debate, Trump also suggested that he was given a "defective mic".
"Did you notice that?" he asked a reporter. "My mic was defective within the room.
"No, no -- I wonder. Was that on purpose? Was that on purpose?" Trump added. "But I had a mic that wasn't working properly. But overall, I thought it was great. And if you look at the polls, they're though the roof."
Trump also noted that he decided to take the high ground when Clinton attacked him on his past comments about women.
When she hit me at the end with the women, I was going to hit her with her husband's women, and I decided I shouldn't do it." Trump said:
"I didn't feel comfortable doing it, I think I did the right thing… I didn't like doing it with Chelsea in the room." Trump stated.