Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had quite the impression to make on Monday night, but it was moderator Lester Holt who really set the tone for the evening — and he did so in style. Though the candidates were dressed in pleasantly patriotic hues, Holt may have been the most sharp-dressed man (or woman) at Hofstra University.
LOSER: TRUMP’S CASE OF THE SNIFFLES
First, there was #ClintonsCough. Now, we have #TrumpsSniffles — at least, that’s the hashtag we’re rallying behind. We’re not exactly sure what caused the Republican nominee to inhale sharply and loudly during every debate answer, but we wish he’d knocked back an Allegra or two before the broadcast.
Nothing says free advertising like a presidential debate! After Clinton plugged her campaign website — which had been transformed into a real-time fact-checker for the duration of the face-off — Trump then went on to promote her page multiple times, as well. Sure, he was being sarcastic about it, but page views don’t discriminate.
WINNER: DRAPERY INSTALLATION INDUSTRY
Whether Clinton was sharing an anecdote about her drapery-installing father, or citing drapery installers as members of society who have been scammed by Trump, they quickly became a very popular subject as the candidates traded barbs. (If only the phrase “drapery installers” had been part of your at-home drinking games.)
LOSER: HOLT’S FAULTY MICROPHONE
OK, OK — the NBC Nightly News anchor’s mic was actually working fine. But during the first 30 minutes of the debate, it may as well have been unplugged, which would explain why he inexplicably allowed Trump to interrupt Clinton dozens of times before finally interjecting.
WINNER: LAW & ORDER
Trump repeatedly declared that we “have to bring back law and order in this country.” He'll get no argument from Dick Wolf, who, back in August 2015, said he "would love to" bring back the venerable procedural. (Don’t remind us that the project is — dun, dun — indefinitely on hold.)
WINNER: JIM HALPERT
Three-and-a-half years after The Office closed its doors, the paper salesman’s trademark deadpan to camera was evoked by Clinton during Trump’s gushfest over Sean Hannity.
Pretty nice airport, actually. But the New Jersey city got referred to by Trump as “third-world” in relation to Dubai and Qatar.
After Clinton’s campaign website was turned into a fact-checking machine, the Democratic nominee continued to give shout-outs to the researchers uncovering her opponent’s inaccurate statements. Fact-checkers of America, this is your moment. Own that spotlight.