The second Presidential Debate on Sunday will put both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a town hall type of setting, which could present a variety of problems for each candidate where many feel will depend on either's weaknesses and strengths within that type of format. After the first of four scheduled debates however -- other than the consensus in the media that Trump lost that debate, the Republican candidate has also offered the same media "bait," which is to complain about his microphone, suggesting it might have been intentionally sabotaged for the event.
Donald Trump switches gears on the sound issues
According to various reports, even the Debate Commission agreed that Donald Trump's microphone was -- in the words of the billionaire business mogul -- "not great," in reality blaming the sound in the room. Over the week the candidate said the microphone was popping, but when he tested it an our before it was working great. The blame has since shifted over to the sound guy rather than the equipment. But it is difficult to ignore that whether he's discussing the issues of his platform or anything else, that there is a clear pattern of suggesting one problem before he switches over to make it something else, much like the recent claims that his initial Muslim ban -- which made up the bulk of his campaign, is no longer on the table.
Media industry prefers mundane reporting on Donald Trump
For the most part, Donald Trump's three main surrogates: Rudy Guiliani, Kellyanne Conway and Mike Pence have complained about the media not focusing on the issues and only the bad things or the complaints the candidate has presented. Only a few times has Trump wanted to focus on "making America great again" and the latest complaints about his debate microphone is more evidence of what the issues really are, which at this point in his campaign, he likely knows that it will draw focus away from more pressing issues. However, the issues presented from the Donald Trump campaign have been seen as too extreme to be taken seriously and much of the energy from the press is used in trying to clarify those issues. It's been said that Donald Trump knows how to draw interest to him through his boisterous declarations in public or through social media, and this tends to work in his favor since he's marketing himself as an outsider.
Without a platform, all Trump is left with are sound problems
In contrast with the recent Vice Presidential debate between Mike Pence and Tim Kaine, the first debate between Clinton and Trump was considered a disaster because there was nothing coming from the Republican side but interruptions and scattered rants to attack the Democratic nominee. Thus far other than a platform published on his website, there's reason to believe that much of what Donald Trump has said during TelePrompTer speeches were written by those who want someone to carry out their position. And as pointed out in reference to his Muslim ban, there is little clarification to know if Donald Trump himself agrees that he is no longer going to ban Muslims from entering the country. In the end, either candidate could change their policy as long as their views get them elected.
All reports about his complaints of sound quality during the debates will no doubt appear as distractions to many readers who may not have been following up on the race. Whether any of them are willing to buy into the potential conspiracy he's suggesting, that he has been sabotaged in favor of Hillary Clinton's presentation is questionable. Most of his supporters have been more than willing to collect these conspiracies throughout the campaign, in order to complete a record of favoritism for Hillary to "prove" that the system is rigged against their candidate. So in a sense, there's perhaps good reason as to why to report on his sound complaints, as a way to fact-check the candidate and be prepared for whatever kind of backlash Donald Trump could be preparing, should he lose the election. #DonaldTrump