Donald Trump’s performance in the second presidential debate Sunday night was once again punctuated by apparent sniffling.
Throughout the duration of the 90-minute town-hall style debate, the Republican presidential nominee could be seen and heard sniffling, much like he seemingly did during the first debate nearly two weeks ago.
Following the first debate, Trump claimed it was not actually sniffling, but defective audio due to a faulty microphone.
When he was pressed by “Fox and Friends” host Steve Doocy about the alleged sniffling, Trump doubled down, saying, “No, no sniffles, no.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates later confirmed that Trump had audio issues during the first debate.
However, the internet was quick to notice Trump’s apparent sniffling this time around as well, with a number of users speculating about whether the billionaire would point to a faulty microphone as the cause again.
Trump is sniffing again. Queue the microphone conspiracy theories.
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) October 10, 2016
— Nicole Grupe (@nikmariegrupe2) October 10, 2016
The second presidential debate capped off what was probably the rockiest week for the Republican nominee, who came under fire on Friday when The Washington Post unearthed a 2005 tape in which Trump made lewd comments about women.
The tape began with Trump talking about a failed attempt to seduce a married woman, and quickly progressed to the billionaire boasting about being able to “grab” women “by the p—y” because “when you’re a star, they let you do it.”
The Trump campaign issued written and video statements apologizing for the comments and pointing to Bill Clinton’s past conduct while claiming the former president had done far worse.
When moderator Anderson Cooper pressed Trump about his comments in the recording during Sunday night’s debate, Trump deflected multiple times before ultimately declaring that he did not do any of the things he talked about having done in the tape.
Trump and Clinton will face off in the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday, October 19.