The Hillary Clinton campaign and many members of the media spent the run-up to the first Presidential debate pressuring moderator Lester Holt to act as an attack dog against Donald Trump.
Liberals were furious over NBC’s Matt Lauer’s supposed failure to “fact check” Donald Trump in real time during MSNBC’s Commander-in-Chief Forum.
And in this first debate, Holt acted as a partisan Democrat.
Holt badgered Trump relentlessly – interrupting him 30 times compared to just 19 interruptions when Clinton spoke.
He asked Trump tough questions about his tax returns, “birtherism”, and his temperament.
But he did not ask Clinton a single question about her emails, the pay-to-play scandals surrounding the Clinton Foundations, her foreign policy failures in Iraq, Libya, or Syria, nor anything else that would have made Clinton the slightest bit uncomfortable on stage.
Many – including GOP nominee Donald Trump – noticed the left-wing bias in the questions selection.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2016
Lester Holt train of thought right now:
Tax returns- ck
Birth Cert- ck
Emails? Health? Benghazi?
(Oops we ran out of time)
— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) September 27, 2016
Holt also continued with the so-called “mainstream” media’s false assertion that Trump was a supporter of the Iraq War.
The left’s main demand after the Commander-in-Chief forum was for Holt to falsely assert Trump supported the war from day one.
While Trump made one half-hearted statement of support in September of 2012, his other statements regarding the war in Iraq was that the economy was of greater concern and the war was not something America should be launching.
Trump even used his exchange with Holt to accurately state the media was the strongest aspect of Clinton’s campaign.
The Daily Caller reports:
“You had supported the war in Iraq,” Holt posed to Trump.
“I did not support the war in Iraq,” Trump shot back. “That is a mainstream media nonsense put out by her, because she frankly, I think the best person in her campaign is mainstream media.”
“My question,” Holt asserted before being cut off a second time.
“Would you like to hear? I was against the war, wait a minute,” the Republican nominee continued. “I was against the war in Iraq. just so you put it out.”
“The record shows otherwise,” countered the debate moderator.
“It does not show that,” Trump finally responded. “The record shows that I’m right. when i did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, first time anybody’s asked me about that, and I said who knows.”
“I then did an interview with Neil Cavuto. I then talked to Sean Hannity — everyone refuses to call Sean Hannity — had numerous conversations with Sean Hannity at Fox, and he called me the other day, and I spoke to him about it. He said you were totally against the war because he was for the war.”
During the debate, Trump had to confront two opponents – Hillary Clinton and the moderator.
Republicans are used to dealing with moderator bias in debates – Candy Crowley incorrectly “fact checked” Mitt Romney during the second Presidential debate in 2012 – but Holt’s performance was even worse than many expected.