I thought of sharing the complete video of last night’s massacre, but I decided to be merciful and spare you. I do have several short clips for you. When Trump stayed on script in the very beginning, he actually did fairly well. He even backed Hillary into voicing support for NAFTA, a big mistake on her part. But Hillary kept baiting him, and after around fifteen minutes, Trump started reacting. He kept getting worse, and by the end of the debate, Hillary had reduced Trump to ranting gibberish.
Coming into the presidential debate, I thought that if Hillary Clinton won decisively, she would virtually lock up the election. Coming out, it was clear that she did win decisively but I suspect that the campaign will remain ferociously close.
By all traditional standards of debate, Mrs. Clinton crushed. She carefully marshaled her arguments and facts and then sent them into battle with a smile. She rolled out a long list of indictments against Donald Trump, often damaging. By contrast, he came in unprepared, had nothing fresh to say, and increasingly gave way to rants. As the evening ended, the media buried him in criticisms.
Even so, I doubt she has put him away. For one thing, Trump supporters aren’t judging him by traditional standards. They have heard establishment politicians over-promise and under-deliver for so long that they crave something different. They were quick last night to see yet more signs of media bias. Trump was an angry figure, yes, but he is also giving voice to their anger. Those who are for him are likely to stick, despite his ineffectual performance… [emphasis added]
Lester Holt surprised me. I thought he moderated well.
The term gibberish was not mine. It actually came from Trump’s fellow Republican.
The next three clips are brief excerpts from the Rachel Maddow Show. In the first, she discusses Trump’s erratic demeanor.
In the second, she covers his interruptions.
In the third, she points out what I considered to be Hillary’s knock-out blow.
I saw the very first televised debate between Kennedy and Nixon, and I have missed very few since then. Trump’s performance was the worst I have ever seen.
That said, I suspect that virtually all the Trump supporters are still supporting Trump. For the Rump Dump Republican Rectumite base, such things as interrupting, shouting, bullying, lying, ranting and gibberish are all positive aspects of his performance.
However, I do think Hillary has made a better impression on undecided voters, and that will help America in November.