Trump Claims Clinton ‘Inappropriately Given’ Debate Questions In Advance

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump debates Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate at UNLV in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (Mark Ralston/Pool via AP)
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After even his favored instant reaction online polls showed Donald Trump the loser of Wednesday night’s presidential debate, he suggested that Clinton “was inappropriately given the debate questions” ahead of time.

“Why didn’t Hillary Clinton announce that she was inappropriately given the debate questions – she secretly used them! Crooked Hillary,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning:

Though there is no evidence that either candidate received questions for last night’s debate ahead of time, last week, moderator Chris Wallace announced, with some specificity, the topics that he would address during the debate. He didn’t stray from the announced topics Wednesday night.

Before Wednesday’s debate, on the campaign trail and on Twitter, Trump has needled the Clinton campaign for allegedly being the beneficiary of a leaked debate question during the Democratic primary. He based that charge off a hacked email published by WikiLeaks between now-interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile and members of Hillary Clinton’s staff.

“From time to time I get the questions in advance,” read one subject line Brazile emailed Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, before she took over as DNC chair this summer. The email body contained a question on the death penalty, which the next day came up in a Democratic presidential town hall.

After the debate Wednesday night, Fox News anchor Megan Kelly confronted Brazile about that email. In response, Brazile insisted that some WikiLeaks emails have been shown to be doctored. It’s unclear what, if any, evidence she had to back up that assertion.

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  1. Life is unfair.

  2. Trump needs to go to AA because he definitely has a whine problem.

  3. Well, Of course Hillary cheated!

    Only by cheating could she ever expect that questions in a Presidential debate would include the Supreme Court, immigration, jobs, their tax plans, Russian hacking, ISIL and the debt!
    Who could possibly expect those things to arise!?!

    Everyone knows you fly the ship of state by the seat of your pants.

    It’s… it’s almost like she prepared or something. You’ll never find Donald doing that! That’s cheating! She should be locked up.

    Not only that, Trump must have given Hillary his answers in advance because she was “magically” able to rebut and rebuke every damn one of them on the spot.

    I’ll bet she hired psychics!
    Illegal Mexican Islamic psychics.

  4. My dad’s comment to this would be “Aw horseshit Little Eva”…he had a way with words.
    Hey TPM… I punched the “reply” button to the article and not to any particular poster. Was’ up with that?

  5. Trump: I won the debate hands down but I would have liked to be challenged by her. I won despite her cheating. She colludes with the worst of the worst media: FOX.

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