Election 2016

Republicans Rip Lester Holt After Donald Trump Stumbles During First Debate Against Hillary Clinton

Trump initially said Holt "did a great job," but right-wing Twitter claims NBC host is secretly on the Clinton payroll.

Facing some difficulty when it comes to declaring Donald Trump the outright winner of the first presidential debate, many Republicans and conservatives instead took to Twitter on Monday night to attack debate moderator Lester Holt.

Despite Trump’s assertion that the NBC News anchor would be biased because he is a Democrat (Holt is, in fact, a registered Republican), the GOP nominee reportedly found Holt’s moderation Monday “very fair.” Trump told CNN, “I thought Lester Holt did a great job”:


Trump’s fans, however, saw Holt’s performance somewhat differently, after Trump stumbled on basic questions about his record and his responses were notably short on specific policy proposals:

















Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's deputy politics editor. Find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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