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Donald Trump on Thursday said that the first presidential debate of 2016 against Hillary Clinton was “a rigged deal.”

During a campaign event in New Hampshire, Trump, the Republican nominee, said he had to fight with moderator Lester Holt on “everything I said.”

{mosads}”Then I had to put up with the anchor and fight the anchor on everything I said. What a rigged deal, I tell you, we are in such a rigged syst — it is terrible. What’s going on in this country is so sad. But it will change. Remember Nov. 8th.”
He also touted the nonscientific online polls that showed him as the victor of Monday’s debate.
The majority of scientific post-debate polls and focus group studies found that Clinton won the contest. The Democratic nominee has also gotten a slight bump in the polls.
Trump previously warned that the election could be rigged and said that he’ll only lose Pennsylvania, a key battleground state, “if cheating goes on.” He also asserted that the presidential debates were rigged because two of the three contests were scheduled at the same time as NFL games. 
Trump has changed his tune on Holt since after the debate, when he initially said the anchor did a “great job” and asked questions that “were very fair.” 

“When I first did it, I thought he was fine, I wasn’t thinking about it, but when I reviewed it and when I saw all of the commentary — because a lot of people thought he was terrible — and I looked at all of the commentary, I realized he was much, much tougher on me than he was on Hillary, it was like day and night,” Trump said on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”

– This story was updated at 4:46 p.m.

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