Trump complains of ‘hostile questions’ during debate
The morning after his first debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump complained Tuesday of “hostile questions” from the moderator and conceded that Clinton rattled him by bringing up his past remarks about the weight of a Miss Universe contestant.
The Republican presidential nominee said the moderator, NBC anchor Lester Holt, leaned left in his questions. Specifically, he cited questions about Trump’s record of challenging whether President Barack Obama was born in America, housing discrimination suits filed against Trump by the Justice Department, and his refusal to release his tax returns.
“Those questions aren’t answerable in a positive light,” Trump told Fox News in a telephone interview Tuesday morning.
Trump also complained of a “bum” microphone. “I wonder if it wasn’t set up that way on purpose,” he said.
The volume of his mic in the debate hall at Hofstra University on Long Island was lower than Clinton’s, Trump said, and “it was going on and off.”
“I don’t want to believe in conspiracy theories, of course, but it was much lower than hers and it was crackling, and she didn’t have that problem,” said Trump, who often argues that things are rigged against him and his supporters.
Despite many loud sniffles caught by the microphone, Trump denied he was sniffling.
“I have no allergy. No. No cold,” he said.
Asked whether Clinton succeeded in getting under his skin, Trump conceded that she did when she reminded him that he’d called Alicia Machado, a winner of his Miss Universe pageant, “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”
“She was the worst we ever had — the worst,” Trump recalled of the Venezuelan immigrant. “The absolute worst. She was impossible.”
Trump said Machado “gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.” Clinton, he said, “found the girl and talked about her like she was Mother Teresa, and it wasn’t quite that way.”
It was tempting to respond to Clinton by bringing up her husband’s marital infidelity, he said.
“When she hit me at the end with the women, I was going to hit her with her husband’s women,” he said. “And I decided I shouldn’t do it because her daughter was in the room.”