After the first presidential debate, Donald Trump was criticized for accusing Hofstra of giving him a “defective mic.” Opponents of Trump dismissed the comments as a thinly veiled attempt at him trying to pull a red herring to move away from his poorly perceived performance. Trump said, “Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room,” and no one bought it. Clinton even remarked that “anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night,” dismissing the remarks as nothing but a complaint from someone who was commonly believed to have lost the debate.
But what Trump said was true, according to the Debate Commission.
Friday afternoon, the Commission released a statement stating that “regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall,” essentially admitting to the fact that the microphone was defective and broken.
Trump had been widely dismissed for a poor performance in the first debate, having lost almost every single scientific poll by a good margin that measured registered voters’ thoughts on who won the debate. Trump did, however, win almost every online poll — albeit highly unscientific.
Trump had more remarks on the microphone post-debate. “I was a little bit upset that the microphone in the room wasn’t working,” Trump told reporters on debate night. The next day, on Fox, he went on to complain even further about the microphone as people continued to dismiss his words, saying “My microphone in the room, they couldn’t hear me. I wonder if it was set up that way. It was terrible.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates hasn’t yet said what caused the microphone to be defective, only noting that it did have problems. Their statement was short, only the one sentence saying that it was in fact defective.
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