Did Donald Trump Just Use the Debate to Test-Launch Trump TV?

Did Trump TV just do a test-launch during the final presidential debate?

While people around the world focused on the third showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Trump’s official Facebook page aired live coverage.

“If you’re tired of biased, mainstream media reporting (otherwise known as Crooked Hillary’s super PAC), tune into my Facebook Live broadcast. Starts at 8:30 EST/5:30 PST — you won’t want to miss it. Enjoy!” Trump’s Facebook page proclaimed before the antics from Las Vegas, Nevada, kicked off.

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While Trump has not announced whether this was a teaser for an official Trump TV network or just another social media play by the candidate, it could offer an insight into how Trump TV could look.

The livestream featured Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, and had Trump-themed political ads instead regular commercials.

According to BuzzFeed, the broadcast peaked at approximately 200,000 concurrent viewers but quickly dropped to around 120,000.

After the conclusion of the debate, which a CNN instant poll said that Clinton won by  52-39, Trump was back on Facebook.

“Debate is over but the fight isn’t. The FINAL FEC deadline for the entire campaign is minutes away at 11:59p! Donate now to make this a RECORD NIGHT. Contribute $10,” he posted.

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Earlier this week, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, contacted media power player Aryeh Bourkoff about the possibility of S etting up a Trump television network after the election, the Financial Times reported.

Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband, owns the New York Observer.

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Kushner and Bourkoff “are thinking about how to capitalize on the populist movement that has sprung up around their campaign in the event of an election defeat to Democrat Hillary Clinton next month,” according to the Financial Times.

Billy Bush is available, if they need a host.

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Debate: 5 Times Donald Trump Gave Chris Wallace Props

When Donald Trump was losing his second presidential debate, he blamed the refs. He said the debate was “one on three,” because moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz seemed aligned against him.

He told Raddatz at one point, “Why don’t you interrupt her?” referring to Hillary Clinton.

In Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate, he got along much better with Fox News moderator Chris Wallace. When it ended, a smiling Trump shook Wallace’s hand and lingered to talk with him. (Trump and Clinton skipped a handshake.)

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Even at a tense moment during the debate when Wallace pressed Trump on whether he would accept the results of the election, and Trump went on a tirade against the “dishonest” media, he didn’t include Wallace among the targets of his criticism.

Did Trump decide his past fights with the moderators were misguided? Or was Wallace more fair than Cooper and Raddatz? Whatever the case, Trump will have a harder time arguing that Wallace treated him unfairly.

Here are four more times during the debate when Trump and Wallace got along just fine.


Wallace asked Clinton: “Secretary Clinton, I want to clear up your position on this issue because in a speech you gave to a Brazilian bank, for which you were paid $225,000. We’ve learned from the Wikileaks that you said this, and I want to quote, ‘My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders,’ so that is the question.”

Trump interjected, “Thank you.”

Clinton clarified that she was talking about energy, and blamed Russian hackers for the leaks, which led to one of Trump’s stronger lines of the night: “That was a great pivot off of the fact that she wants open borders, okay?”


Wallace asked Trump, “Secretary Clinton, I want to pursue your plan because in many ways, it is similar to the Obama stimulus plan in 2009, which has led to the slowest GDP growth since 1949.”

“Correct,” said Trump.

“Thank you, sir,” said Wallace.


You can read all about the candidates’ puppet debate, in which they accused each other of being puppets, right here. It evolved into a fight about Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Wallace struggled to get a word in edgewise, volunteering, “Mr. Trump, I’m not a potted plant here. I would like to ask some questions and I would like to ask you this direct question.”

The puppet debate ended. Trump let him ask the question.


When Wallace accused Trump of inaccuracies, including about the slaughter in the Syrian city of Aleppo, Trump trained his attacks on Clinton, rather than on Wallace.

“And they are being slaughtered. Because of bad decisions,” he said, pointing a finger at Clinton.

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Everybody’s Got Feelings About Donald Trump Calling Immigrants ‘Bad Hombres’

During Wednesday night’s third presidential debate, Donald Trump referred to immigrants as “bad hombres,” and in standard social media fashion the term quickly became a trending topic.

“We’re going to secure the border and once the border is secured, at a later date, we’ll make a determination as to the rest,” said Trump as he was advocating for stronger borders and building a wall. “But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.”

The Republican presidential candidate was speaking on the topic of immigration when he referenced his experience with voters in New Hampshire and said that the state’s biggest problem “is heroin that pours across our southern borders, just pouring in, destroying their youth.”

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What Trump said may have only lasted for a split second, but the Twitterverse held on strongly to “bad hombres.”

“Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes couldn’t believe the Donald would have the audacity to actually say something like that.

Wait. Rewind. Did that racist just say “bad hombres”?

shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 20, 2016

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Some people couldn’t even move on to the rest of the debate after the incident.

“Still mentally stuck on bad hombres,” tweeted one viewer.

See some of the best tweets below.

Thank you @realDonaldTrump for handling these bad hombres pic.twitter.com/OJ9v6jP9ZV

— Matt Donnelly (@MattDonnelly) October 20, 2016

me when trump said “bad hombres” pic.twitter.com/LYAdwdk9k4

— evil queen (@urbandoll) October 20, 2016

Did he just say #Hombre?? ????

Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) October 20, 2016


— ???? Burnt Bleghk ???? (@brentalfloss) October 20, 2016

I found a bad hombre that needs to get out. #DebateNight pic.twitter.com/FlN03iio2w

— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) October 20, 2016

The color palate for this debate is a lovely hombre #debatenight

— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) October 20, 2016


— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) October 20, 2016

surprised trump didn’t pronounce the h in hombre tbh

— Matt Hoyt (@matthoyt25) October 20, 2016

So..is Putin a good hombre? Pls advise. #debatenight #debate

— Anneliese Mahoney (@amahoney8672) October 20, 2016

Still mentally stuck on #badhombres #debate pic.twitter.com/he6kp5R1qW

— John Gooding (@JohnMGooding) October 20, 2016

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No Handshake Part 2: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Keep Their Distance (Video)

It was the $64,000 question: Would they? Or wouldn’t they?

The did not.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton refused to shake hands at the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas on Wednesday. And, unlike the second debate in St. Louis earlier this month, there was  no pressing of the flesh at the end of the debate either.

The presidential candidates instead nodded as they walked up to their podium as they smiled at each other. The refusal to shake hands underscores the dark tenor the campaign has taken in the last  few weeks.

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Frank Fahrenkopf, co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, hinted that might happen earlier in the day during an interview with CNN, though a final decision had not yet been made.

As pre-arranged, Bill Clinton and Melania Trump didn’t shake, either. The candidates’ spouses agreed to shake hands in past debates, according to a New York Times report. But Clinton’s campaign wanted a different setup, according to the Times, after Trump invited three women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault and rape to sit with the family in order to embarrass the former president.

Clinton’s camp did not take any chances the time, getting approval for a different protocol for the candidates’ spouses and families as well. The new rules called for the candidate’s family to enter the arena closer to their seats without crossing paths.

.@debates commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf: I would shake hands for the best interest of the American people. https://t.co/swEsZ47LU0

— Carol Costello (@CarolCNN) October 19, 2016

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Donald Trump v Hillary Clinton III: How to Watch Final Presidential Debate

The final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is tonight at 9 p.m. ET and will be available to watch almost everywhere.

Chris Wallace will moderate the debate in Las Vegas, marking the first time ever that a Fox News journalist had refereed a general election presidential debate. The debate could be one of the most-watched TV events in history as voters are eager to hear the final argument from each candidate.

Wallace has selected the following topics to address: Debt and entitlements, immigration, economy, Supreme Court replacements, foreign hot spots and fitness to be president. NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Fox Business, PBS, Univision and C-SPAN will show the debate, but if you can’t decide where to watch, don’t worry, TheWrap has you covered.

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Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd will lead NBC’s coverage. Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, and a team of NBC News correspondents and contributors will provide additional coverage. Holt will also anchor “NBC Nightly News” live from the UNLV campus Wednesday evening.


Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, Major Garrett, Nancy Cordes, John Dickerson and Bob Schieffer will anchor the network’s coverage. CBSN will provide complete coverage on the network’s streaming service.


George Stephanopoulos will anchor from New York starting at 9 p.m. ET with additional coverage by David Muir, Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, Cecilia Vega, Tom Llamas, Byron Pitts, Cokie Roberts and Matthew Dowd.

ABC News’ digital coverage of the debates will be streamed live on Facebook and ABC News will incorporate viewers’ comments, questions and conversations in the Facebook Live coverage.  ABC News’ live streams will also be available on ABCNews.com as well as its apps on mobile and OTT.

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“PBS NewsHour” will air the debate in its entirety.

Fox News

Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will anchor primetime coverage while their colleague Chris Wallace moderates the debate. The majority of programming on Fox News is live from Las Vegas throughout the day. An extended edition of “The Kelly File” airs live from Vegas following the debate.


Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor CNN’s coverage with more than 20 anchors, correspondents, analysts, reporters and commentators on the ground.

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Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams lead MSNBC’s coverage with help from Kasie Hunt, Hallie Jackson, Chris Jansing, Steve Kornacki, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell, Joy Reid, Thomas Roberts, Stephanie Ruhle, Benjy Sarlin, Alex Seitz-Wald, Kate Snow, Jacob Soboroff, Katy Tur, and Kristen Welker in Las Vegas; along with Tamron Hall, Craig Melvin, and Lawrence O’Donnell in New York.

Fox Business

Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs will anchor coverage, with Kennedy, Connell McShane and Blake Burman providing additional analysis.


Facebook Live will stream coverage from a variety of networks, including ABC News, C-Span, Fox News, PBS, NowThis, Univision, Telemundo, BuzzFeed, CNBC and The Washington Post.

Additional information will be added as it becomes available. 

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Several women have accused Donald Trump of lewd behavior since his vulgar sexual comments caught on a hot mic in 2005 were published last week.

People Magazine writer  writer says Donald Trump physically attached her around the time of his infamous 2005 comments to Billy Bush, and that he forced himself on her in the same way he described in that conversation.

Jill Harth sued Trump for sexual harassment back in 1997. The suit alleges that while negotiating a business deal, Trump told Harth’s boyfriend, “You know, there’s going to be a problem… I’m very attracted to your girlfriend.”

Harth withdrew her suit as part of a settlement, according to the New York Times.

Jessica Leeds told the New York Times that Trump groped her on a plane more than 30 years ago.

“He was like an octopus,” Leeds, now 74, told the paper.

Rachel Crooks, 33, said she was working as a receptionist at a company housed in Trump Tower in 2005 when she met Trump — who allegedly shook her hand, would not let go and “kissed me directly on the mouth.”

Former Miss Arizona Tasha Dixon told CBS 2 Los Angeles that Trump would go backstage at the Miss USA pageant while the contestants were in various states of undress.

“He just came strolling right in,” Dixon said. “There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything. Some girls were topless. Other girls were naked.”

1997 Miss Utah Temple Taggart told NBC News that Trump kissed her on the lips upon their first meeting.

Former Miss Vermont Teen USA Mariah Billado told Buzzfeed that Trump walked in on her changing.

“I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here,’” she said.

The Trump campaign is demanding that the New York Times retracts its story from Wednesday which details the accounts of two women who claim Donald Trump groped and “inappropriately touched” them.

Trump has denied all allegations and has threatened to file lawsuits.