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Donald Trump, Surrogates Heap Blame on Debate Moderator

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.) — Donald Trump and his team are slamming presidential debate moderator Lester Holt for not asking Hillary Clinton questions Monday night about her email controversy and potential conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation, among other things.

“He didn’t ask her about the emails at all,” Trump told Fox and Friends Tuesday morning. “He didn’t ask her about her scandals. He didn’t ask her about the Benghazi [Libya] deal that she destroyed. He didn’t ask her about a lot of things that she should have been asked about. There’s no question about it.”

Trump also said the NBC anchor leaned “more than a little” to the liberal column.

“Lester should have brought up the emails,” Trump said when asked why he thought Holt didn’t stress the private server controversy. “That should have been a question.”

Trump gave Holt a “C” or “C-plus” when asked to grade his performance.

“I thought he was OK,” Trump said. “I thought he was fine. Nothing outstanding. I thought he gave me very unfair questions at the end, the last three, four questions. But I’m not complaining about that. I thought he was OK.”

Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence also criticized Holt’s questioning during the debate.

“I was disappointed that Lester did not get into some of the issues that have been so much in the forefront of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy,” Pence said on ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday morning.

“The FBI investigation, Clinton Foundation, pay to play, the whole disastrous events that took place in Benghazi and Libya. That never came up,” he added.

But top Clinton aide John Podesta said the Trump camp should stop criticizing the questions.

“Look, we have a kind of rule in our campaign: When you are complaining about the moderator, you are losing,” he said on Fox Tuesday morning.

“I think that the Trump side shouldn’t do it either …,” he added. “I think on, balance, it was fair.”

But top Trump aide Rudy Giuliani also hit Holt Tuesday morning for saying Monday night that “stop and frisk” was unconstitutional.

“I watched Lester Holt do Candy Crowley at least twice,” the former New York City mayor said, referring to a controversial 2012 fact check of Mitt Romney by the CNN anchor.

“The moderator didn’t do his homework and the moderator is wrong about [stop and frisk],” he said Tuesday on Fox and Friends. “A hundred million people last night were misled by Lester Holt.”

In fact, a federal judge ruled “stop and frisk” unconstitutional in 2013 and the city later dropped its appeal of the order.

But Giuliani said Monday night that if he were Trump, he would consider skipping the next two debates because of what he called unfair moderating.

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