The Commission on Presidential Debates has confirmed that Trump was right… his microphone at the 1st debate was defective.
The microphone he was speaking of was the one that those in the debate hall were hearing, not the one that television audiences heard. It was a separate mic, and it’s understandable that that could be disconcerting to anyone considering the stakes.
Trump spoke to Fox & Friends a day after the debate telling them that his microphone was faulty.
“I had a problem with a microphone that didn’t work. My microphone was terrible. I wonder, was it set up that way on purpose? My microphone, in the room, they couldn’t hear me. It was going on and off, which isn’t exactly great. I wonder if it was set up that way. But it was terrible. When I tested it, it was beautiful. Like an hour before, I said, ‘What a great mic.’”
Trump continued, pondering whether it was intentional:
“It was on and off, and it was much lower than hers. I don’t want to believe in conspiracy theories, of course, but it was much lower than hers. And it was crackling. And she didn’t have that problem.”
The Republican nominee told reporters the same thing after the debate.
“They gave me a defective mic, did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room. I wonder, was that on purpose? Was that on purpose? I had a mic that wasn’t working properly.”
Of course, Hillary, trying to make Trump out to be a liar telling reporters that “Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.”
Trump’s microphone problems led him to lean in closer to the device. The mic picked up his every breath, including “sniffles” which led idiot Dems like former Vermont Gov. Howard “The Screamer” Dean to say that Trump sounded like he was using cocaine. Dean Tweeted it out on the night of the debate.
Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 27, 2016
An audio engineer posted a comment about the microphone picking up Trump’s “sniffles” to Yahoo News. The engineer wrote that the sound man for the event must have “been asleep” concluding that it was rigged for Hillary as this wasn’t an event where you can just stop monitoring audio.
“This makes total sense from an audio engineering aspect. First, Trump could NOT hear the broadcast sound, but he could very clearly tell that the sound in the room was not loud enough. That’s why he kept moving closer to the mike (sic). Podium microphones like that are sensitive, so the sound man uses compression, a limiter and a gate. The compression evens out the louder and softer sounds. The limiter stops the volume at a point below where there would be clipping or distortion. The gate is the level at which things have to be loud ENOUGH to be heard through the microphone. This keeps breathing sounds and other room noise from being amplified by the mike. The sound man HAD to be asleep at the switch to not adjust for this. This was not a “set and forget” event.”
“When Trump moved the mike closer to his mouth and leaned into the mike the sound of his breathing was loud enough to pass the gate and the compressor (and possibly an expander depending on the situation) made the sounds of his breathing closer to the volume of his speech. You don’t need 35 years of audio experience (like me) to know this.”
“What does not make any sense whatsoever is that people that don’t like Trump head that and somehow went to the ludicrous conclusion that he’d been snorting cocaine.”
Conservative comedian Mark Dice summed up “MicGate” with damning accuracy.
There we have it. Trump’s been saying for months that the system is rigged against him. Just more proof that he’s right.