A manhunt for Lester Holt, moderator for the first presidential debate between nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, was undertaken after the journalist reportedly vanished two minutes into the contest.
According to a satirical piece written by Andy Borowitz published in the New Yorker, Holt’s disappearance came in the wake of the former secretary of state and business mogul shrieking at each for a stretch of a 90 minutes, which Holt did not seem to interrupt.
President of CNN, Jeff Zucker, called out to Holt to return to the Hofstra at the earliest, saying “we just want to know that you’re O.K.”
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“You don’t even have to moderate the debate,” Zucker said.
Meanwhile, after a disappointing presidential debate on Monday, Trump criticized Holt for asking “unfair questions.”
Trump’s claim was similar to former New York Mayor and Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani, who said the business mogul should miss the subsequent debates unless he got special guarantees from the moderators.
“If I were Donald Trump I wouldn’t participate in another debate unless I was promised that the journalist would act like a journalist and not an incorrect, ignorant fact checker,” Giuliani said, referring to Holt, who moderated Monday’s debate.
Trump went on to say that his microphone had been tampered with while criticizing former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
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Clinton cited Machado’s example to signify Trump’s objectification of women – an issue that has fetched him massive notoriety. While the former secretary of state slammed Trump for referring to Machado, who won the crown in 1997, as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” for being Latina, Trump said that he encouraged Machado to lose weight.
“[Machado] was the winner and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” Trump, who served as the pageant’s executive producer at the time, said.
Trump also criticized Clinton about her marriage, to which the Democratic presidential nominee told reporters her rival could run any kind of campaign he wanted, as reported by the New York Times. The publication further notes, “The notion of raising Mr. Clinton’s infidelity is particularly controversial among Mr. Trump’s advisers, who have sent conflicting signals about that line of attack.”
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, said the business mogul had been “polite and a gentleman” in holding himself back from the subject. Giuliani, however, said Trump had not been as confrontational in his approach with Clinton as he should have been.
Giuliani said Trump should attack Clinton more aggressively for, as the New York Times notes, “having questioned Monica Lewinsky’s credibility in claiming an affair with Mr. Clinton.”