Hillary Clinton used hand signals to communicate with moderator Lester Holt during the first US presidential debate on Monday, a four time world champion poker player has stated.
(Other versions of the video: here, here, and here.)
A video recently uploaded to Youtube depicts the former secretary of state scratching her face several times during the 90-minute debate – signals to Holt, the video’s editor claims, which “meant Clinton wanted to get a ‘zinger’ in and to go to her without changing the subject.”
“Hillary Clinton used this gesture to signal Holt on six different occasions,” the video asserts.
“The first signal to Holt comes when Hillary wants to get her ‘taxes zinger’ in after Trump talks about the country being in debt.”
Reporters at TruePundit.com claim there were no such signals used by Clinton in previous debate performances.
“True Pundit cross referenced Clinton’s speeches, campaign appearances and her 2008 debate performances against President Obama,” the website reports. “According to that analysis, Clinton never previously used these hand motions to supposedly scratch her face. In fact, she rarely touches her face at all.”
Also investigating the video’s claims, author Mike Cernovich reached out to a professional poker player for assistance analyzing the potential hand signals.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 28, 2016
Four time World Series of Poker champion Mike Matusow agreed hand signals were indeed used by Clinton during the debate.
Wow ive watched the debates 3 times & never noticed!! I felt the whole time she had the questions but after watching that i she def signals https://t.co/dOSZlmfB9G
— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) September 28, 2016
Analysis following the debate showed Holt came down harder on Trump, interrupting him 41 times during the event compared to Hillary’s seven interruptions.