Donald Trump had to win this debate and by the end of the biased and vicious debate, he emerged the victor by a country mile. He TROUNCED Hillary Clinton! Trump came prepared for questions about his comments to Hollywood Access’s Billy Bush in 2005. He again apologized but this time he went into attack mode too.
He apologized and then immediately pivoted to Bill Clinton’s treatment of women. Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, were in the audience, at Trump’s invitation, silent testifiers to Bill Clinton’s sexual monstrosity. Also in the audience was Kathy Shelton, who was raped as a 12-year-old by a man who Hillary Clinton got off on a technicality and later laughed about on an audio tape.
Trump hammered an increasingly peevish Clinton on issue after issue, from her bad judgment on the middle east, to her inadequacies as a senator, to her failure to answer the proverbial 3 AM phone call during the attack in Benghazi, to her 30,000+ deleted emails. He also promised, if elected, to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate her private email server.
When Clinton said she was glad Trump was not in charge of American law enforcement, Trump quipped, “because you’d be in jail.”
When Clinton implausibly explained her leaked Wall Street speech transcripts as a reference to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Trump mused that “Honest Abe” never told a lie, which was a big difference from the many lies Clinton has told.
As the evening went on, Clinton looked more and more angry, retreating often to sit on her stool while Trump never sat after the first few minutes.
The moderators were flagrant in their bias, repeatedly arguing with Trump and jumping in to help Clinton. Martha Raddatz at one point began debating Donald Trump, obviously carrying water for Hillary Clinton. The questions from the audience that had been selected by Raddatz and Cooper were, frankly (to borrow a term), pathetic. The first question was, “what about the children?” And another one was, “are you devoted to the people?”
The one legitimate question came almost at the end when one man asked about Supreme Court nominees. Clinton blathered about justices who “have real-world experiences” and who “won’t favor corporate interests,” but didn’t mention the Constitution once. Trump mentioned the list of judges he has put forward already, and cited the second amendment.
I felt that Trump dominated the first presidential debate, but there’s no doubt that he lost the post debate spin. In that debate, Clinton sprung a surprise attack against him in the closing moments, accusing him of misogyny toward former Miss Universe Alicia Machada. There was no such surprise from Clinton tonight.
Perhaps the Clinton campaign felt the Access Hollywood video, released this past Friday, was sufficient, or perhaps they have no more ammunition. I wouldn’t count on it, though
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