Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may be getting some blowback in the press and on social media for his tactic of interrupting opponent Hillary Clinton during last night’s debate, but one of his most ardent supporters in New Jersey believes Trump was the one who had trouble getting a word in edgewise.
State Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) said that he saw NBC anchor Lester Holt as the aggressor during the first presidential debate, which drew a record 80.9 viewers per network and saw Trump interrupt the former Secretary of State 51 times. Calling Trump’s performance strong and even-keeled, Doherty said he would have rather seen harder-hitting questions for Clinton.
“I think he was up against two people,” Doherty said. “It’s been clearly documented that the host interrupted Trump much more frequently, that he didn’t pose any harsh questions to Hilllary Clinton,” Doherty said. “I think going into this debate he had to present a more measured tone, because millions of Americans were actually seeing him for the first time.”
“Mr. Trump very effectively deflected that and continued to respond,” he continued. “In the next two debates he’s probably going to be a little more aggressive.
Doherty said Holt may have shied away from questioning Clinton about the email scandal to avoid the same media criticism that the network’s Matt Lauer faced after repeatedly asking Clinton about the server in an interview earlier this month.
“The entire email scandal, there were no questions on that. It had to be brought up by Mr. Trump,” he said. “Clearly Lestor Holt didn’t want to go down the same road as Matt Lauer, where he’s being castigated by the media and the left for having the audacity to ask some tough questions of Hillary Clinton.”
Doherty was one of the candidates first partisans in the state, beating out even Republican Governor Chris Christie.
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media.