At the very end of the first presidential debate Monday evening, a mystery man was observed walking up to Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s podium, collecting her notes and then walking away.
A short while later, he was seen crossing the stage and briefly nodding at the moderator as he brushed by him.
This unidentified man was most likely simply one of Clinton’s many assistants, and the nod was probably just an act of common courtesy and respect.
However, not everyone believed as much. Some conspiratorial types had dubbed the man the “Cleaner” and provocatively claimed that the nod was a tacit “thank you” for the cheat sheets Holt had allegedly provided her prior to the start of the debate.
During the debate Holt harangued Clinton with only one moderately tough question, whereas he pummeled Trump with four. Likewise, the way Holt challenged the two candidates on their statements differed like night and day.
“NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, at Monday night’s debate, repeatedly cross-examined and fact-checked GOP nominee Donald Trump,” explained NewsBusters contributor Geoffrey Dickens, deputy research director for the Media Research Center.
“However, for Hillary Clinton there was not one single challenge to anything she said,” he continued. “And there wasn’t a hard-hitting question to the Democratic nominee on any of her controversies whether it be Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation or the e-mails.”
Whether or not the so-called “Cleaner” had anything to do with this was highly unlikely but ultimately unknown, but the fact that Holt essentially handed the debate to Clinton was as clear as day.
(via: Conservative Tribune)