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Donald Trump Claims Hillary Clinton Got Debate Questions in Advance

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Donald Trump during the second presidential debate on October 9. (Getty)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump claimed on Twitter this morning that Hillary Clinton got the questions in advance of last night’s presidential debate.

Trump said on Thursday that Hillary Clinton was “inappropriately” given debate questions and secretly used them. There is no evidence that this happened, nor had anyone made this allegation prior to Trump’s bizarre tweet.

It’s possible Trump is referring to the fact that, according to emails released by WikiLeaks, Democratic National Committee interim Chair and CNN commentator Donna Brazile may have given Hillary Clinton a question in advance of a town hall debate during the Democratic primary. Brazile sent the Clinton camp information about a question, and a very similar question was asked during the town hall event. Brazile even said in an email that “From time to time, I get the questions in advance.”

However, this was a single question, and it was before a cable network’s private town hall rather than a major presidential debate. There is no evidence at this time that anything similar happened last night, and it certainly sounds like that is what Trump is alleging.

Trump has previously raised this issue of Clinton potentially getting debate questions, in his rallies conflating Clinton receiving a single question one time to Clinton being given all of the questions and answers in advance of every debate. He also sent out on Twitter last night a video of Donna Brazile struggling to explain herself to Megyn Kelly, with Trump saying that this was “highly illegal.” Needless to say, it is not illegal to leak a town hall question to a presidential candidate.

Trump has complained after every single debate this cycle that the moderators were biased against him. He said this before any of the debates happened, in fact, stating in September that the organizers were trying to game the system.

“By the way, Lester [Holt] is a Democrat,” Trump said before the first debate, which was moderated by NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt. “It’s a phony system. They are all Democrats. It’s a very unfair system.”

Lester Holt, moderator of the first presidential debate, is in fact a registered Republican. It’s true that Chris Wallace is a registered Democrat, but he says that this is only so that he can vote during the Democratic primaries in Washington D.C., which does not use an open primary system.

During the second presidential debate, Donald Trump complained that the moderators were ganging up on him, saying that it was “three-on-one,” meaning Anderson Cooper, Martha Raddatz and Hillary Clinton versus him. Trump holds a rally in Ohio this afternoon, and so it’s not difficult to imagine that he will go after Chris Wallace and float the unfounded conspiracy theory that Wallace gave his questions to Hillary Clinton in advance. The majority of the questions were quite simplistic, simply asking the candidates to explain their position on issues.

Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace, wrote the debate questions alone and was the only one to see them prior to the event, and so he alone would have to have leaked something to Clinton in Trump’s hypothetical scenario. Wallace is regarded as a true professional by virtually everyone in the industry and by politicians on both sides of the aisle.

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11 comments

  1. Right on! She got caught red handed. the Journalist should have known not to make a mistake and embarrass her in font of million spectators.

      • And Lester Holt is about as conservative as Hillary, so who cares if he’s registered GOP or D?
        I guess if he does that, somehow he’s now legit?
        This election cycle has been a farce!
        It’s 24/7 comedy, watching CNN, MSNBC, etc. just try to spin the news to fit a Hillary victory.

        • Lester Holt was wearing an earpiece, and they were NOT allowed during that debate!!!
          Why the earpiece? Who was “helping” him?
          Our elections are not as pure as the driven snow!
          Trump is learning the hard way that the democrats will lie, cheat, AND steal the election, if allowed.

      • So if Trump told you you could get ice cream in the mail will you believe that too? Just because he throws it out there does not make it true. Geez ….losing faith in your Fox News heros too!

  2. Bill Maher says it right “WHINY ASS LITTLE BITCH’. He has an excuse for EVERYTHING! Nothing more gross and disgusting then some WHINY ass begging man!

    • Bill Maher… the poster boy for fairness.
      Let’s have 4 people discuss politics, 3 democrats vs 1 republican.
      It’s as bad as “The View”.
      Don’t watch that crap.

  3. You don’t know what Trump is asserting because you are a moron. U r pro hillary all the way. And if your logic is connect the dots you are missing a lot of dots. Do everybody a favor and stop writing.