Surprise! Debate Moderator Lester Holt Is a Republican
The NBC anchor who will be moderating the first presidential debate tonight is a Republican, it has been revealed. Lester Holt has been registered as a Republican in New York since 2003, the L.A. Times reported on Monday. Donald Trump, assuming that Holt was a Democrat, as the vast majority of journalists are, told Bill O'Reilly on Fox News earlier this month that Holt was a Democrat.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was on Morning Joe this morning to defend Trump's faux pas.
Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor Mark Halperin excoriated Trump for being untruthful and asked Conway why Trump called the NBC anchor a Democrat if he didn't know.
"Front and center is truthfulness on the part of both candidates," Halperin said. "He said Lester Holt was a Democrat. Lester Holt is a Republican. How could he say such a thing that's just black and white factually incorrect?"
"I don't think he knew what Lester Holt's registration was," Conway answered. "A lie would mean he knew the man's party registration." She added that the Trump campaign "was appalled" at the treatment of NBC's Matt Lauer after the NBC Commander-in-Chief Forum. "Matt Lauer did not deserve the blowback and the treatment that he received," Conway said. "We thought he did a great job."
Conway also questioned the objectivity of reporters who cover the presidential candidates, saying they are largely negative about Trump on social media.
"These are not profiles in courage, and this is not journalism," she said of some of the reporters' Twitter feeds. "Excuse the Trump campaign if we don't feel like we can get a fair shake from certain people."