The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has made a startling admission about Donald Trump’s claims of a defective microphone following last Monday night’s debate.
According to the commission, Trump was right.
In a one sentence statement released by The Hill, the bipartisan commission revealed:
‘Regarding the first debate, there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.’
Trump claimed such was the case almost immediately following the conclusion of the debate. As CNN reported Trump to tell reporters Tuesday morning:
‘I had a problem with a microphone that didn’t work. I don’t know if you saw that in the room. My microphone was terrible. I wonder was it set up that way on purpose. My microphone in the room, they couldn’t hear me, you know, it was going on and off. Which isn’t exactly great. I wonder if it was set up that way, but it was terrible. When I tested, it was beautiful, like an hour before, I said what a great mic.’
Trump went on:
‘It was going on and off and it was much lower than hers. I don’t want to believe in conspiracy theories, of course, but it was much lower than hers and it was crackling and she didn’t have that problem. That to me was a bad problem, you have a bum mic, that’s not exactly good.’
Hillary Clinton almost immediately took to blasting his claims, saying that he was only using the story of a defective mic as an excuse for why he and his ideas did so poorly on Monday night. On Tuesday, Clinton told reporters, “Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.”
And, indeed, Trump had far from a “good night.” Every poll conducted according to a scientific standard of debate watchers in the days since Monday showed Clinton as the runaway winner of the debate, with barely one in four debate viewers saying the same of Trump.
But, as it turns out, the Republican presidential claims of a defective microphone impacting his composure and performance are actually accurate.
So will Friday’s admission on the part of the CPD help Trump bounce back from his post-debate slump in the polls?
It isn’t likely. Even still, Trump’s tradition of exploiting mishaps for his own purposes means that the incident likely won’t go away any time soon, especially as debate number two rolls around within a couple of weeks. Any credibility given to a “conspiracy theory” floated by the Republican presidential candidate simply isn’t good news.
Even still, Trump remains significantly behind in poll and electoral college numbers as of late Friday afternoon. FiveThirtyEight puts Trump at a less than one in four chance of winning the presidency, were the election to be held today.
Hillary Clinton is barely up in the Real Clear Politics average of national polls, with a 2.9 percent lead over her rival. That margin is hardly above the average margin of error for the polls making up the average.
In the days leading up to Monday night’s debate, Clinton’s lead had shrunk to the point of finding the two major party candidates effectively tied.
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