Until now, the 84 million-plus viewers of Monday’s presidential debate mostly had to take Donald Trump’s word that his microphone was glitchy. Aside from those amplified sniffles, the sound seemed unremarkable during the broadcast.
But now the Commission on Presidential Debates has confirmed that Trump’s mic did indeed have “issues” that attendees at Hofstra University might have detected. “Regarding the first debate,” says the Commission in a statement positively un-Trump-like in its brevity, “there were issues regarding Donald Trump’s audio that affected the sound level in the debate hall.”
Despite the commission’s admission, Micgate was pretty much a non-story today, entirely overwhelmed by the GOP candidate’s Twitterstorm during Friday’s wee hours in which he called former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “disgusting” and referenced a supposed “sex tape.”
Unless Trump has seen an authentic sex tape featuring Machado (lots of hoax videos are springing up), he’s most likely referring to a scene from Spanish-language reality show La Granja, in which actress Machado apparently canoodled under the sheets with a fellow cast member. Standard stuff for the Real World/Big Brother-style show.
Hillary Clinton, in a stump speech in Florida today, addressed the latest “unhinged” Trump tweet brouhaha.
“Why does he do things like that?,” she asked, her mic sounding loud and clear.
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