The first presidential debate took place Monday night, and for those that may have suspected that Donald Trump would be ganged up on by his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton and moderator Lester Holt, those suspicions might have been confirmed.
Washington Examiner says that Trump was challenged with followup questions from Holt at least six times, while Clinton was asked none.
Early on, Trump was pressed by Holt regarding his reluctance to release his tax returns publicly. After some back and forth, with Trump saying that they were under audit by the IRS and that his layers insisted they not be released, he finally said he would release them after Clinton released her thousands of emails.
Trump also received pushback from Holt on the issue of “stop and frisk” policing, which he supported in some form for high-crime areas. Holt insisted that the practice was unconstitutional.
Trump also faced questions on the “birther” controversy, with Holt asking “what took you so long” in regard to Trump’s announcement that President Barack Obama was born in the United States, an announcement intended to put the issue to rest.
Only once did Holt come close to asking Clinton a tough followup question when, during a segment on race relations and the police, he asked what could be done to address the implicit bias or institutionalized racism that apparently is inherent in all police officers and departments.
In response to that, Clinton doubled down on her belief that police departments are implicity biased, but extended that to all Americans.
Lester Holt didn’t press Clinton on several issues about which she could have been pressed, and seemed more focused on attempting to keep Trump on topic than reigning in any of Clinton’s statements.
This was no surprise by some, and the next debate will be worse than the first in this regard.
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