Donald Trump tried to lighten a serious moment in the debate as Hillary Clinton listed other times he claimed something was ‘‘rigged’’ just because he wasn’t winning.
She noted there was even a time he chided the Emmy Awards for not recognizing his reality series ‘‘The Apprentice’’ three years in a row.
As Clinton was making that point, Trump began smiling and shrugging. He interjected, ‘‘Should have gotten it.’’
The audience laughed a bit, as Clinton continued. ‘‘This is a mindset,’’ she said.
Clinton added that his comments about not necessarily accepting the election results are a dangerous departure from the nation’s democratic traditions.
The Television Academy wasted no time in responding, tweeting, “Rest assured, the Emmys are not rigged” shortly after the comment.
The tweet included a detailed explanation of the Emmy voting process.