The Commission of Presidential Debates said Friday that there were, in fact, “issues” with Donald Trump’s audio during the first presidential debate of the general election.
“Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall,” the commission said in a statement. The Commission did not address whether the issues could have been heard by the TV audience.
During a post-debate interview in the spin room following the GOP nominee’s first showdown with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, he said, “They also had — they gave me a defective mic,” according to CBS News reporter Sopan Deb.
!!!! In the spin room, Trump told reporters that he had a defective mic: "I wonder. Was that on purpose? Was that on purpose?" pic.twitter.com/thKq6Sj1sF
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 27, 2016
His account was echoed in an Associated Press report that said Trump “wonder(ed), was that on purpose?”
Trump has suggested for months, during the Republican primary and since, that the political machines on both sides have conspired to torpedo his candidacy, calling the system “rigged.”
When asked about Trump’s complaints about his microphone during the debate, Clinton had a zinger prepared.
“Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night,” she said a day after the debate.
Trump and Clinton’s performances, not surprisingly, were the subject of great debate on Monday night, with a plurality of media pundits and journalists declaring Clinton the winner. A poll of debate watchers conducted by CNN/ORC scored the event 62 percent for Clinton to just 27 percent for Trump. His supporters, however, point to unscientific polls on a variety of websites, like Drudge Report, that heavily favored the real estate mogul.