During a phone interview Friday with The New York Times, Donald Trump was asked if he would be attending the next presidential debate. He responded, saying he would like to attend, however, “everybody is talking about the mic,” as he dropped hints that he may bail over concerns of equipment failure.
On phone, @patrickhealynyt asked Trump if he'd do 2nd debate, “I want to do the next debate, but everybody is talking about the mic.”
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) September 30, 2016
Almost immediately following Monday night’s debate, Trump began blaming his failed performance on his mic, claiming that it was defective. When reporters asked about the Republican candidate’s less than mediocre performance, Trump’s response was:
‘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.”‘
Clinton responded to Trump’s complaint on Tuesday, telling reporters “anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.” She is exactly right, anyone who blames a defective mic for a bad performance, after every word spoken was heard clearly, definitely indicates they had a bad night.
@realDonaldTrump's problem isn't that he couldn't be heard on Monday night. His problem is we all heard him quite clearly.
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) September 30, 2016
Although it was discovered by the commission of Presidential Debates (CPD) that Trump’s claims of a defective mic were true, the CPD says they will not replace the microphones for the upcoming vice presidential debate, which is scheduled next Tuesday, or for the two remaining presidential debates. So, obviously, the “mic issue” was not that big of a deal if the CPD is not going to be replacing any mics.
Executive director of the CPD, Janet Brown, told ABC News that the broadcast was not impacted by the audio issue. So, the real issue was not Trump’s ‘defective mic,’ the real issue is that Trump was just unprepared.
Trump also said that he has no plans of preparing for the next presidential debate, which is set for Oct. 9 and will be moderated by Martha Raddatz and Anderson cooper.
The video below, courtesy of YouTube, shows Trump excusing his terrible performance at the first presidential debate, by blaming his “defective mic.”
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