No kidding! Holt WAS the Third Debater. Of course this comes as no surprise. Every Republican Candidate ought to know by now that the MSM moderator is ALWAYs going to be the side of the Democrat Candidate. As such they can count on the moderator pitching soft balls at the Democrat and setting up the Republican with all kinds of “gotcha” questions. So in my mind their is no excuse for Republicans to not be better prepared to deal with this after so many years of it. Nevertheless they keep walking into the media ambushes. Unfortunately Republicans are ineffective at dealing with this media bias. Trump did a good job of setting Holt straight when he tried to “fact check" Trump on his Iraq war stance. Obliviously the Democrats think that who was for and who was against the Iraq war is a big deal and they believe it really resonates with the voters. The Democrats in Congress, including Hillary Clinton, voted to invade Iraq then did every thing they could to sabotage they US war effort there and then blame everything that went wrong on George W. Bush and the Republicans.
At debate, Donald Trump faced off not just against Hillary, but against moderator Lester Holt.
At debate, Donald Trump faced off not just against Hillary Clinton, but against moderator Lester Holt.
The game of two-on-one saw Holt ask no questions about:
- Hillary’s emails
- The Clinton Foundation
While ignoring these issues, Holt grilled Trump on stop-and-frisk, the birther story, his comments about women, his many bankruptcies, why he hasn’t released his tax returns — and a host of other issues the media sees as unfriendly to the Republican candidate.
Holt also repeatedly attempted to “fact check” on some of Trump’s positions, such as his claim to have opposed the Iraq War from the beginning. Holt interrupted Trump several times to interject, but rarely succeeded (and may have come across as weak and impotent).
The Twittersphere has taken note:
The nerds at Vox.com tried to argue that Hillary was interrupted a lot during the debate because she is a woman. However, the cute little graphic they made actually shows that Lester Holt interrupted Trump far more often than he interrupted Hillary.
Many liberals and members of the mainstream media either praised Holt for challenging Trump during the debate, or lashed out at him for not being aggressive enough.
Some joked that Lester Holt wasn’t even at the debate, due to his failure to adequately admonish Trump for not giving the “right” answers.
And, of course, one prolific tweeter took special note:
After the debate, however, Trump told reporters that he thought Holt did just fine as a moderator.