If I have to ask the question, who won, then apparently you didn’t watch the debate. Trump lost, Hillary had him on the defensive almost from the start and it was abundantly clear Trump was not prepared.
I’m angry because Trump did about as well as if he was just some guy walking by the debate theater when he was grabbed and put on stage, behind the podium next to Hillary.
There was the annoying sniffing into the mike, he rarely finished a sentence before he interrupted himself and started a new sentence. He was verbose, inarticulate, and he suffered from a flight ideas which he never developed. This caused confusion and made him to look ignorant. His speech was filled with cliché’s and repetitious sayings like “Believe me.”
He said a lot of words, but those words had very little substance. They often came out of his mouth disjointed and in an angry tone. There was a time when he looked unhinged when he was trying to say he was never for the Iraq war. Towards the end he talked about one of his strong points being his temperament and the audience laughed. That was just sad. I did a face-palm slap with both hands.
Trump was not prepared and he exaggerated this by saying stupid stuff, like accusing Hillary of “fighting Isis her whole entire life.” Huh? She would have to be about 10 years old for that claim to be remotely logical, because we all know that 8 years ago there was no ISIS.
When Trump made a snarky remark that Hillary was staying home while he was out stumping…she seized the moment, “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be President. And that is a good thing.” Zing!
Trump exposed his big ego more than once by frequently shouting over the top of moderator or interrupting Hillary. Trump said several times for unknown reasons, ”I have property there…” Why? I seriously doubt anyone gave a rats behind where he had property. Talking about his many properties brought nothing to the debate. He wasted value air time that could have been better spent conveying his platform planks.
I’ve heard that his campaign advisers pushed as hard as they dared to get him to sit down and do mock debates and properly prepare himself. But, Trump wouldn’t take their advise and choose to do more easy meet and greets. This makes me wonder, if he was president would he reject the council of his expert advisors too and go with his gut? A scary thought.
Trump really overreacted to Hillary’s comment that he supported the Iraq war, so much so he sounded nutty and unhinged. Trump was repeatedly saying, ask Sean Hannity or Howard Stern, blah, blah, blah. He would not shut up about it. Meanwhile my frustrations were showing. I was flipping and twisting in my easy chair as I thought to myself, “No, no, no …just shut up!”
Oh, there’s so much more I could say about the Donald, missing many great opportunities to nail Hillary, on her emails, on Benghazi, why she had to testify before Congress for 11 hours, etc. But, he never did. Trump had some great opportunities for zingers, but he was so wrapped up backtracking on countering wrongs from three or four questions ago he missed the moment!
A CNN/ORC poll of debate watchers released after the event found 62% felt Clinton won compared to 27% for Trump.
Now for the good part. Trump denounced the Iran nuclear weapons deal. He brought up tax cuts, but didn’t give any details. And the really good part is the CNN poll think he scored 27%. I don’t know why he got 27%, but it’s a generous gift – he should be grateful.
If Trump doesn’t shape up by the next debate, he’s done. He’s probably done now, but I’m trying to be optimistic.