Following Monday night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, which according to Twitter was the “most tweeted debate ever,” Trump spoke with the press.
He first mentioned what he believed was the best portion of the night — his points about trade — then made a peculiar complaint:
“They also gave me a defective mic. Did you notice that? My mic was defective within the room… I wonder, was that on purpose? But I had a mic that wasn’t working properly within the room.”
Trump was specifically referring to his “sniffling” throughout the debate, which was prominently caught on his microphone.
The frequent sniffling did not go unnoticed:
Trump keeps sniffling and snorting. Where are the experts on his obvious case of bird flu?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 27, 2016
Why does Trump keep sniffling? Some people say it's Zika. I don't know, but some people say, is all I'm saying.
— Michael Weiss (@michaeldweiss) September 27, 2016
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) September 27, 2016
Lots of sniffling from Trump. Will this be a hashtag?
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) September 27, 2016
The Hollywood Reporter even put together a compilation video of the sniffs:
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 27, 2016
The GOP presidential candidate appeared on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday, repeating the complaints about the mic:
“I had a problem with a mic that didn’t work. My mic was terrible. I wonder if it was set up that way on purpose… I don’t want to believe in conspiracy theories, of course…
No, no sniffles. You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing. But no sniffles. No cold.”
It’s not the first time Trump’s complained about a microphone:
However, in the Pensacola video, the microphone is audibly popping and cutting out, while at the Monday debate, Trump came through loud and crystal clear — but sniffly.