Donald Trump Says the Debate Was 'Rigged'

He's now targeting Bill Clinton's infidelity
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2016 5:14 AM CDT
Trump: Debate Was a 'Rigged Deal'
A woman attends a Trump rally in Bedford, NH Thursday.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

Donald Trump appears to have changed his tune about Monday night's debate: He's still saying that he won, but he's now also saying that Lester Holt's moderating was biased against him, the Hill reports. "I had to put up with the anchor and fight the anchor on everything I said. What a rigged deal," Trump, who initially said Holt did a "great job," told a campaign rally in New Hampshire Thursday. "What's going on in this country is so sad. But it will change. Remember Nov. 8th." In other coverage:

  • Politico reports that Trump's campaign has ignored the advice of senior Republicans and is now targeting Bill Clinton's infidelity, including the issue on a list of talking points sent to surrogates. Sources say the campaign is in turmoil after a disappointing debate performances and aides are looking at ways to change the conversation, including a possible last-minute trip to Israel.
  • Trump himself brought up Bill Clinton's impeachment at a campaign rally in New Hampshire Thursday, the AP reports, but analysts say the Bill strategy could backfire, especially with women voters. "The whole notion of trying to get Hillary Clinton to pay for Bill Clinton's infidelities is just strategically a bad choice," says GOP strategist Katie Packer.

  • The New York Times looks at why Ohio, long seen as the key swing state to win, is starting to fade in importance. The state is older and whiter than average, making it promising territory for Trump, and Clinton hasn't been there in weeks, focusing instead on Florida, Colorado, and North Carolina,
  • FiveThirtyEight reports that polls since the debate show that Clinton has had a post-debate bounce that puts her 3 to 5 points ahead of Trump nationwide—not a huge gain, but a big enough one to give her plenty of Electoral College routes to victory.
  • The Washington Post reports that according to the New York state attorney general's office, Trump's charitable foundation never got the state registration it needs to solicit donations from the public, meaning it could be ordered to stop raising funds and even return money it has already raised. Charity law experts say they are surprised that the Trump charity appears to have made a blunder typically seen at much smaller foundations.
  • CNN looks at Gary Johnson's campaign, and finds that there are plenty of reasons for the Libertarian to stay in the race, despite poll numbers too low to qualify him for the debates and a gaffe Wednesday night, when he struggled to name a world leader.
(Advisers have found a way to prep Trump for the next debate.)

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