The Republican presidential nominee initially seemed to be pleased with his performance at Hofstra University Monday night, but his tune – and, specifically, his thoughts on the objectivity of moderator Lester Holt – has changed over the course of the week.
Immediately After the Debate
As he took the unprecedented move of stopping by the media room immediately after the debate, he answered questions from reporters lined up to talk to him.
"I thought Lester did a great job, honestly. I thought he did a great job," Trump told CNN as he walked into the room.
The Morning After
Hours later, on Monday morning, he called in to “Fox and Friends” and maintained that, overall, Holt did a good job, but he started to plant the seeds of doubt.
"I think I had some hostile questions, but that was OK," Trump said on Fox.
"I didn’t think he did a bad job, but when you watch the last four questions, he hit me," he said of Holt.
"I thought Lester was really good for the half because he was bringing up general and main subjects that were important; you know, things like the economy and then at the end they start bringing up 45-year-old lawsuits," Trump said.
3 Days After the Debate
Trump has repeatedly called the campaign and the election process a "rigged" system, and he extended that criticism to the debate during a rally in New Hampshire Thursday.
"I had to put up with the anchor and fight the anchor all the time when everything I said; what a rigged deal," Trump said Thursday.