'Three on one': Now Trump turns on the moderators as he accuses Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper of going easy on Clinton and hard on him
- Donald Trump turned the tables on the moderators, especially Anderson Cooper, for not asking more questions about Hillary Clinton's emails
- Clinton had just answered a question about the email controversy, but from ABC's Martha Raddatz
- Cooper tried to conclude that segment and move onto audience Q&A, when Trump called him out
- 'I'd like to know why you aren't bringing up the emails, I'd like to know,' the businessman protested when Cooper tried getting them to move on
- Campaign claims Clinton was interrupted 12 times to Trump's 26 interruptions by moderators
Republican nominee Donald Trump turned on moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz 30 minutes into tonight's debate feeling that Cooper, especially, didn't prod Hillary Clinton enough on the topic of her emails.
'I'd like to know why you aren't bringing up the emails, I'd like to know,' Trump said calling out CNN's Cooper, who was trying to move on from a segment about Clinton's email scandal and on to one of the audience member's questions. 'It hasn't been finished,' Trump warned.
He then commented, 'Nice, one-on-three,' when the moderators were successful at moving the conversation along.
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Republican nominee Donald Trump called out the moderators - mostly CNN's Anderson Cooper - for ending a line of questioning about Hillary Clinton's emails
Anderson Cooper had tried to move onto audience Q&A, directly after Martha Raddatz had asked Hillary Clinton about the email controversy and the FBI investigation
Throughout tonight's debate Trump skirmished with the moderators, including bickering with Raddatz about 45 minutes in about letting Clinton go over her time.
'She just went about 25 seconds over her time. Can I respond to this please?' Trump said.
The Republican National Committee said in the 90-some minute debate, Trump was interrupted 26 times and Clinton just 12.
The original back-and-forth occurred after Clinton was forced to answer a follow-up question from Raddatz, with the ABC News journalist asking the former secretary of state, 'you don't call that extremely careless?' quoting FBI head James Comey's assessment on Clinton's use of a private email server.
Clinton defended herself by, again, apologizing and taking responsibility for the email controversy.
'I'm not making any excuses. It was a mistake and I am very sorry about that,' Clinton said.
'But I think it's very important to point out where there are some misleading accusations from critics and others,' Clinton continued.
'After a year long investigation there is no evidence that anyone hacked the server I was using and there is no evidence that anyone can point to at all,' Clinton added, saying she took 'classified material very seriously.'
Clinton brought up how she was in charge of some of the nation's grandest secrets, like the planning of the Osama bin Laden raid.
Trump jumped in and noted, 'And yes, she didn't know the word, the letter C, right?' trying to make the point that Clinton was unaware that it stood for classified while emailing some of these documents.
Unhappy: Trump addressed both Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz to argue over the extent to which he was interrupted or questioned
Clash: Martha Raddatz became involved in a series of angry confrontations with Trump
The billionaire then called Clinton a liar for deleting 33,000 of her emails, suggesting that something nefarious was going on.
'She said the 33,000 emails had to do with her daughter's wedding and a yoga class,' he said. 'Well, maybe three, four, five or something.'
'For you to say that there was noting wrong with you deleting 39,000 emails again, you should be ashamed of yourself and this was after getting a subpoena from the United States Congress,' Trump continued, saying he was disappointed in members of Congress, including Republicans, for letting Clinton get away wit that.
ANGRY STATEMENT AFTER THE DEBATE
The Trump campaign made its displeasure at the two moderators clear in a statement after the debate.
'It wasn’t just Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton on stage. It looks like Hillary Clinton had two other people on her team: the moderators.
Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz were more focused on ensuring enough Hillary Clinton speaking time rather than debate between our nation’s two presidential nominees.
The number of moderator interruptions during Hillary Clinton’s speaking time? 12.
The number of moderator interruptions during Donald Trump’s speaking time? 26.'
It was then that Cooper butt in.
'We have to move on sir,' he said.
Clinton protested that it was 'just not true,' while Trump tried to interrupt her.
'Allow her to respond please,' the CNN newsman said.
'We turned over 35,000,' Clinton said, while Trump again tried to cut in.
'Please allow her to respond,' Cooper said again, noting that the former secretary of state hadn't interrupted the businessman.
'That's because she had nothing to say,' Trump shot back.
Clinton said she wanted to move on to audience members' questions, for this is the one and only presidential debate that's a town hall.
'And get off this question,' Trump said of the email inquiry.
'OK, Donald, I know you're into big diversion tonight,' Clinton shot back. 'Anything to avoid talking about your campaign and the way it's exploding and the way Republicans are leaving you.'
And with that, Trump moved on Cooper, asking why he hadn't asked about Clinton's emails.
At another part, Raddatz asked Trump if he continued to support his plan to ban non-American Muslims from the United States, an idea he put forth last December in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terror attack.
Trump began his answer by pivoting on his claim that he never supported the war in Iraq.
'First of all, Captain Kahn is an American hero and if I were president at this time, he would be alive today because unlike her, who voted for the war without knowing what she was doing, I would not have had our people in Iraq,' Trump said. 'Iraq was a disaster. So he would have been alive today.'
'The Muslim ban is something that in some form has morphed into a extreme vetting. From certain areas of the world,' Trump then answered.
Raddatz interrupted. 'And why did it morph into that? Answer the question.'
'Why don't you interrupt her?' Trump then said of Clinton.
'Would you please explain whether or not the ban still stands?'
Later, in a back-and-forth over what Trump's strategy would be on the Syrian city of Aleppo, Raddatz began inserting reasoning for why the U.S. military might tip off when the fighting would begin – as Trump has touted the idea of surprise.
The moderators and Trump consistently got into it over them calling out The Donald for going over time, while not picking on Clinton.
'She went almost a minute over and you don't stop her. When I go one second over,' Trump began, directing the comment toward Raddatz.
'You have many answers,' the ABC News anchor practically shouted back.
'It's really very interesting,' Trump said.
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