Reports of Hillary Clinton wanting a step stool during the debate were going around last week. Instead, the debate commission gave permission for a “custom built” podium. Clinton didn’t want to appear smaller than Trump. You would think if the commission didn’t approve a step stool that they wouldn’t approve this.
Isn’t this cheating? Shouldn’t the candidates have everything the same?
Hillary Clinton says that we’re “stronger together,” but even she can’t deny Donald Trump is taller.
The Democratic nominee, who is 5-foot-4, has apparently enlisted the help of a raised podium for the first presidential debate against Donald Trump, who is 6-foot-3, Monday night, photos of the two podiums show.
According to WABC’s Rita Cosby, one of the two podiums inside the debate hall at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y., is larger than the other.
It is believed that the larger one was built at Clinton’s request to make her appear taller than she is.
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“Clinton is 5’4″ and Trump 6’2″ and her team wanted the podium modified or a box added so she won’t look short next to Trump,” Cosby said in an email.
A photograph taken by WABC’s Rita Cosby shows the two podiums Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will use at Monday night’s debate at Hofstra University.
A photograph taken by WABC’s Rita Cosby shows the two podiums Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will use at Monday night’s debate at Hofstra University. (WABC RADIO HOST RITA COSBY)
“One is clearly larger … than the other,” Cosby said.
Photos taken by Cosby appear to show two podiums of two different sizes.
The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to questions about whether the Democratic nominee would be using a raised podium at Monday night’s debate. The Commission on Presidential Debates, which organizes the debates, did not respond to questions either.
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However, multiple outlets had reported last week that the Clinton campaign had asked the CPD if the Democratic nominee could use a raised podium to avoid appearing 10 inches shorter than Trump.