Conspiracy theories of precisely how Hillary Clinton cheated in the course of the first presidential debate took over social media in the days right after her match up with Donald Trump, which includes a rumor of a so-called “mystery man” picking up a folder from Clinton’s podium at the ending of the event.
Consistent with the story line, the man observed arriving with Clinton at Hofstra University retrieved the folder before handing it off to NBC moderator Lester Holt. Conspiracy theorists firmly insist that the folder protected the questions Holt would be asking during the debate.
Here’s a video of the incident – the exact “hand off” is conveniently not captured:
But Fox News’ Brit Hume, with a little assistance from colleague Ed Henry, shed a little light on the account, which adequately put to rest this “example” on Clinton cheating.
Turns out the mystery man, aka The Cleaner, is not all that mysterious.
The man, Brady C. Williamson, specializes in debate negotiations and has helped Democrat candidates in the last seven presidential elections. Williamson assisted Clinton get ready for the debates in the primary and now with GOP rival Donald Trump.
Watch Hume and Henry debunk the claims below while exposing Hume’s own history with Williamson… now on to the hand signals!
The internet is buzzing with rumors that Hillary Clinton used “signals” to get Lester Holt to attack Trump.
TRUMP: When we have $20 trillion in debt, and our country’s a mess…
[Hillary signals to Holt that she wants him to help by going to her on this topic.]
Our airports are like from a third world country.
[One minute later…]
HILLARY CLINTON: Maybe because you haven’t paid any federal income tax for a lot of years.
TRUMP: We have to bring back law and order. Now whether or not in a place like Chicago you do stop and frisk which worked very well – Mayor Giuliani is here – it worked very well in New York. It brought the crime rate way down.
[30 seconds later… Holt pushes back on stop and frisk being unconstitutional]
HOLT: Your two minutes is expired but I do want to follow up. Stop and frisk was ruled unconstitutional in New York.
TRUMP: I was against the war, wait a minute, I was against the war in Iraq.
[More pushback from Holt]
HOLT: The record shows otherwise.
TRUMP: The record shows that I’m right. And Sean Hannity said…
[She signals to Holt, immediately he responds]
He said you were totally against the war, because he was for the war.
HOLT: Why is your judgement better than hers?
[Hillary smiles “good puppy”]
TRUMP: I said she doesn’t have the stamina.
[She has her stamina “zinger” ready. So he better not change topics]
You have so many things you have to be able to do.
[Notice the look over to Holt]
And I don’t believe that Hillary has the stamina.
HOLT: Let’s let her respond.
There was a lot of scrutiny on Hillary’s podium as well.
[What’s going on with Hillary’s podium?]
Fox News was skeptical of the conspiracies but discussed what was rumored to be hidden under Hillary’s jacket.
BRIAN KILMEADE: When you think about Hillary Clinton, she’s got answers, just the question is, are they the right answers? So a lot of people say she probably didn’t need any help, but what is that mysterious thing on her back? You see the line through her back. You see those arrows there that weren’t there in the natural picture that were put there by John Madden. [Laughter] The [Clinton] Campaign says it’s nothing, that’s just the way it is.
MEGYN KELLY: Can we see the picture one more time? Debbie Murphy who works for us says, “I don’t know about that thing at the bottom, but that’s her spine. To me it looks like a spine.” The thing at the bottom is like, it could be something in a pocket?
KILMEADE: It could be that.
KELLY: It does look like a mic pack. It looks a lot like a mic pack, just like this. Just in case the mic out there died.
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