On September 26, 2016, the first presidential debate took place, and after watching I wonder why the Republican nominees subject themselves to this exercise in futility? It happened in the last election when Candy Crowley, who was the moderator at the time, injected her fact-checking with the wrong information to help Barack Obama. It happened again, with this debate.
First, let’s look at Hillary Clinton, mistress of lies and deceit. She recited a series of false statements and dwelt on petty topics. Many feel that Hillary Rodham Clinton had help from outside as well as help from the moderator during the debate. She appeared to show a wire up her back and was she wearing an earpiece? So, was she receiving help from elsewhere? It also appeared that she gave hand signals to the moderator many times. Since her podium was specially-built, what was inside of it? In a video clip one sees a man placing a folder in the podium and at the beginning of the debate, and this same man was seen taking the folder away from Hillary’s podium and handing it to Lester Holt, the moderator, at the end of the debate. Did she have advance notice of questions? The man was identified as Brady Williamson, a Democratic operative. Also, a glint of light off of Hillary’s podium, was observed but not seen on Donald Trump’s podium. With Hillary’s track record of deceit and corruption, it is quite understandable and even imperative that we ask these questions. She cannot be trusted.
Now let’s look at Donald Trump who did well during the first part of the debate but missed some great opportunities to nail Mrs. Clinton. He should have dismissed the petty garbage that she spewed on a regular basis and insisted on discussing the issues important to most Americans. Of course, we should remember that Donald Trump did not come to this debate with all sorts of technology and assistance. He spoke off-the-cuff, as debates should be, not orchestrated events like Hillary Clinton prefers and carries out.
Last, but not least, the moderator, Lester Holt of NBC. The role of a moderator is to moderate and to be unbiased, objective, and fair. Lester Holt was none of those things. He showed himself to be nothing more than a Hillary Helper. So, this debate was not Trump versus Clinton. It was Trump versus Clinton and Holt. Throughout the debate Holt showed his bias in many ways. He interrupted Trump 41 times and Hillary only 7 times. He had 6 follow-up questions to Trump and zero to Hillary. He argued with Trump, which was definitely not his role. He did not bring up any questions regarding Benghazi, Hillary’s email, the Clinton Foundation, the selling of US uranium to Russia, the pay-to-play access, putting coal miners out of work, her desire to confiscate guns from all Americans, money from the Middle Eastern countries, and her pandering to blacks but doing nothing for them. These are a few issues which need discussions instead of the petty garbage that both Holt and Hillary preferred to pursue. Because of his actions, Lester Holt has lost all credibility and definitely cannot be considered a reputable journalist. His integrity is gone, since he chose to shill for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I sincerely hope that debates two and three will be handled differently, or why bother to have a debate? I suggest that next time, Hillary and Donald both be examined by a neutral person to check for electronic assistance technology which I believe helped Hillary to cheat in the first debate. Both podiums should also be inspected for any unauthorized materials or electronics. When it comes to moderators, I would make them sign a pledge that they are obligated to be objective and fair, and not show any favoritism to either candidate. Actually, the ideal people to moderate debates between these two candidates might be Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, who, I’m guessing, don’t like either Donald or Hillary. That’s pretty neutral. Just a thought.
The time has come for the dirty tricks to stop and for the candidates to debate important issues that affect us, we the people. It’s also time for the media to stop trying to decide who gets elected. It’s up to the American people.
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