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Washington Examiner: Trump Got Six Follow-Up Questions, Clinton Got Zero

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton shake hands after the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 12:27 PM

During the presidential candidate debates, Republican Donald Trump received six follow-up questions while Democrat Hillary Clinton was never given any, according to an analysis by The Washington Examiner

Moderator and NBC anchor Lester Holt challenged Trump's answers in all three sections of the debate, which were labeled, "Achieving Prosperity," "America's Direction," and "Securing America."

Holt asked Trump about releasing his tax returns, and Trump said a federal audit prevents him from doing so. Holt asked Trump if he believed that the public interest "outweighs" concerns over his audit.

During the "America's Direction" segment, both candidates were asked about the country's racial division. Trump said he would make the police's "stop and frisk" activity more widespread. Holt responded that the law was a form of racial profiling.

Also in that segment, Holt asked Trump, "What took you so long?" regarding Trump acknowledging that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Trump said he was successful in getting the president to show his birth certificate, and Holt asked what Trump would say to black people who were offended by the "birtherism" controversy.

The Examiner said that the closest thing to a follow-up question that Clinton received was about healing racial divisions. Holt asked her if she believed that police were "implicitly biased" against black people.

Before the debate, the Clinton campaign and some critics pushed for the debate's moderator to fact-check during the debate, while others said the moderator's role was to move the discussion along, not to participate.

Holt fact-checked Trump a number of times, including once when he said that "stop and frisk" had been ruled unconstitutional in a New York case. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani weighed in after the debate, saying the law was never rendered unconstitutional and is still the law of the land. Giuliani slammed Holt for the comment, saying the moderator "should have done his homework."

Trump attempted to fact-check Clinton, according to the Examiner. He pressed Clinton on her changing opinion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and about her email scandal. Holt did not question Clinton about either issue.

Users on Twitter critiqued Holt's performance, saying he seemed to disappear whenever the candidates squabbled.

Trump and other conservatives slammed Holt's debate performance, saying Holt favored Clinton

Business Insider appeared to disagree, reporting that reviews of Holt's performance were "mostly positive."

NBC host David Gregory credited Holt, who also works for NBC, in a tweet:

 

 

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During the presidential candidate debates, Republican Donald Trump received six follow-up questions while Democrat Hillary Clinton was never given any, according to an analysis by The Washington Examiner.
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