Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said after the first presidential debate on Sept. 26 that his microphone was not working properly.
“They also gave me a defective mic,” Trump told reporters in the spin room following the debate at Hofstra University in New York. “Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room.”
He added, “Was that on purpose? But I had a mic that wasn’t working properly. But overall, I thought it was great—and if you look at your polls, they’re through the roof.”
There is no evidence to suggest that Trump was given a defective microphone.
Hillary Clinton seized on the comments by the Republican, telling reporters on her campaign plane the day after the debate that: “Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.”
— Mosheh Oinounou (@Mosheh) September 27, 2016
The debate between Trump and Clinton was heated from the start. Clinton denounced Trump for keeping his personal tax returns and business dealings from voters. Trump repeatedly cast Clinton as a “typical politician” as he sought to capitalize on Americans’ frustration with Washington.