For the first Presidential debate, the preponderance of the evidence seems to confirm that debate moderator Lester Holt was coached and working with and for the Clinton campaign. In an interview with CBS before the debate, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said he expected Holt to “check” Trump’s “lies”. According to DC Whispers the implication was clear:
“Lester Holt is to actively insert himself into tonight’s debate, and play the role of facilitator FOR the Hillary Clinton campaign. What Mook is asking for, is that if Donald Trump is winning the debate, Holt is to intervene on Hillary Clinton’s behalf.”
Holt’s performance during the debate did nothing to discredit that assertion. According to the Daily Caller:
“Holt interrupted Trump a record 41 times, either to “fact-check” the Republican nominee, or to ask a follow-up question. Clinton was only interrupted seven times during the course of the 90-minute debate.”
He interrupted Clinton a total of 7 times.
What is even more disturbing is that Holt was wearing an electronic ear piece, as was Hillary Clinton. These earpieces can be used to receive communication from others, so that it is possible that both Holt and Clinton received coaching from the Clinton campaign team during the debate, which is against FEC debate rules.
Holt chose to challenge Trump about a comment he made during the campaign that Hillary doesn’t look Presidential, saying “Earlier this month, you said she doesn’t have, quote, “a presidential look.” She’s standing here right now. What did you mean by that?”
Instead of focusing on policy questions, Holt attacked Trump over a personal opinion. It was quite clear what Trump meant by his comment about Hillary.
Though the Clinton camp apparently feels that their collusion with Lester Holt gave them an advantage, they failed to consider how their debate rigging would affect the viewers. Hillary may have benefited some from being coached on what to say during the debate, and from Lester Holt being coached on when and how to interrupt Mr. Trump.
But the bigger impact was made by her transparent, brazen, and unfair attempt to rig the debate in her favor by colluding with Lester Holt. Mr. Holt, for his part, has now discredited himself in the eyes of honest citizens.
Thomas Ash had this to say about Holt.
“The Federal Election Commission set up rules for presidential debates and banned the use of ear pieces by moderators so they could not receive coaching from the sidelines. NBC and Lester Holt deliberately violated the rules and used sideline coaching to interrupt Donald Trump 41 times while only interrupting Hillary Clinton 7 times.
Even though Donald Trump won the debate on substance, (meaning Clinton’s policy of raising taxes, growing federal government, and throwing borders wide open are really bad for America) and tied Clinton on points it is fair to say the NBC presidential debate was an ambush and assassination attempt that thankfully failed miserably
Lester Holt was clearly biased! He asked Trump several gotcha questions but didn’t ask Clinton any. Holt focused on Democrat talking points by grilling Trump on Birther but Clinton campaign started Birther and Holt didn’t grill her. Holt grilled Trump on tax returns. Birther and tax returns are issues facing this country! Those are just Democrat talking points. Revealing tax returns isn’t even required of a candidate. Meanwhile the FBI says Clinton lied about email and broke Federal law, Clinton policy got 4 people killed in Benghazi and she refused to take that 3:00AM phone call to send help, Clinton sold 20% of our uranium to Russia for political favor with Clinton Foundation, Clinton received 100s of millions of dollars from terror sponsor nations in exchange for political favor through Clinton foundation, Clinton armed ISIS with weapons rerouted from Libya, Clinton wants to let in 550% more refugees while the FBI issues a dire warning that the ISIS killers are looking for a way to come here and kill children in school and people in large gatherings. All these questions need to be asked of Clinton yet he was silent.
Yes it is clear Holt was extremely biased. His bosses hate Trump so much they said they would pay millions of dollars and go to jail to obtain Trump’s tax record. I just don’t understand the Democrats obsession with tax records.
In any event we should all be outraged with NBC and Lester Holt. I know I am. There are also allegations that NBC communicated with the Clinton campaign as to questions to be asked beforehand. Wouldn’t surprise me.”