If anything came to light last night it was the simple fact that Donald Trump cannot concentrate for more than 2 minutes. I am sorry if that offends you, but he was terrible at best and a disaster at worst.
When the debate started I thought it just might be a good debate. Trump actually had some good points about the TPP but that was about all he had. After that 10 minutes, he faltered and went down hill like a speed skier on a downhill slope.
I was also concerned before it started that Lester Holt would cave in to Trump’s bullying. He didn’t. Actually, Holt did the best moderator job I have seen in quite a while. He actually disappeared at times and let the two candidates go at it. That was a good thing on his part.
The split screen was very good for the viewer also. During the entire debate, the body language between the two candidates was stark. Trump was fidgeting all night. You could see he was being defensive all night as well.
The biggest difference to me was the lack of policy by Trump. Yes, he offered his strongest part in trade, but he offered no specifics on how he would do something better. He was even asked how his plan would bring back jobs. He never answered the question and went into his 20 second sound bites about taxes instead.
Trump staggered all night. He proved that his campaign was correct. He didn’t prepare and that showed big time as the night went on. When it got around to Foreign Policy, he flunked big time.
Sorry, but I felt like I was watching a Mafia Strong Man talk about his “protection racket” instead of someone talking about honoring treaties. You do not uphold treaties based solely on money which Trump seems to want to do.
Let’s face facts. The treaties we have with our allies have prevented World War III for 70 years. When countries agree to support each other if one is attacked makes it hard for an aggressor to take the risk. Now, Trump wants to change those treaties based on how much money each country pays. That is absurd if not downright reckless.
When Clinton brought up his lack of releasing his tax returns and pondered if maybe he hasn’t paid any taxes, he interrupted with the comment “that makes me smart.”
No Donald, that makes you a tax cheat not smart. This is a man who tries to present himself as the “spokesman for the people”. The people pay their taxes. They don’t have fancy expensive lawyers and imaginative accountants who make sure we don’t pay our share of taxes.
Bragging about the fact that you may not have paid any taxes is not being the “voice of the people” it is thumbing your nose at those people you claim to want to defend. In other words, you are a con-man and it came out last night.
When he was challenged about his history of not paying people who did work for him his only defense was “maybe they didn’t do a good job”. Say what? Look, it may be okay to fight the bill if the job was lousy. But, if you open the facility without making any changes to this so-called “poor work” you are a lousy businessman or you are lying about the quality of the work.
All of the instances where his company did not pay contractors is living proof that he does not care about the average people. He only cares about his own pockets and making money off the labor of others without paying them. If he had good reasons for not paying he should have given them last night.
After the debate was over, he claimed that he showed “great restraint” last night. He said he was going to talk about Lewinsky, but did not because Chelsea was in the audience. According to him, that is “great restraint”.
Please, someone out there explain to me how Monica Lewinsky has any bearing on this election? Bill Clinton is not running for President, Hillary Clinton is the candidate. She did nothing wrong in that incident. If anything, she would be considered the “victim” in that incident. And, whether you like her or not, she made the decision to stay with her husband after it all came to light. Most people would call that “family values”.
On the other hand, Donald Trump has been married three times. He has openly admitted to several affairs. He even said this year when his buddy Roger Ailes was fired for sexual assault at Fox News that “all powerful men have affairs”. If he does bring up Lewinsky in future debates, he will show just how much of a gutter snipe he really is.
There was one moment when Clinton did something I said she should do months ago. When the email thing came up she said “I made a mistake and would not do it again. I take full responsibility.” She didn’t offer any excuses or try to switch the topic. She owned it! Something Donald Trump has failed to do over and over with many issues.
For example, when asked what he would say to the African-American community about his “birther” issue, he said “I have nothing to say”. Of course he tried to tie the whole mess to Clinton’s campaign in 2008 which is totally untrue and proven to be untrue many times by many different fact check organizations.
Trump’s team has been trying to spin everything that would indicate Trump “won” last night. He didn’t win, he was wiped out. Even focus groups around the country of voters from both sides have said Clinton won the debate. Hell, even Fox News said Trump looked terrible last night.
Of course, now Trump is claiming that he did poorly because he had “a defective microphone”. He even said that he did not have the “sniffles” even though you could clearly hear him all night sniffling. If he didn’t have the “sniffles” was he crying about his poor performance?
The fact of the matter is just this. Donald Trump was Donald Trump. And, anyone who objectively looked at the debate saw just how impulsive and reactionary he is. I don’t know, maybe in business those are good qualities though I don’t think so, but in international relations with both allies and adversaries, those are not qualities I want in a President.
To bring this point home, even the Alt-Right was disappointed in Trump last night. 4Chan was all aghast with his performance and they actually turned on their emperor god. That is not a good sign for Donald Trump.
It will be interesting to see how this goes forward. Rudi Giuliani even said if he were running he wouldn’t participate in the next debate. As usual, the right-wing is going after Holt for being “unfair” in his moderator job. Holt actually did a good job as far as I have seen.
I guess trying to make a candidate actually answer the question is being biased according to the right-wing. That says it all. They want to be able to show up and just spout out anything they want true or not and not answer any questions with viable answers.
After 90 minutes of debate last night, we still have no clue about any policy that Trump says he wants to talk about. He had his chance, and he failed miserably. Is that because he wants to keep everything secret or because he doesn’t have any policies? I think the latter is more in keeping with Trump.
Two people stood on that stage last night trying to earn our vote to become the next President of the United States. One showed knowledge of the real world, and one showed no knowledge of how the real world works. I know which one I think is best qualified, you must decide for yourself.
Just remember one sly comment that went unchecked last night. When Clinton mentioned that “shooting an Iranian boat out of the water because their sailors made gestures at us would start a war”, Trump blurted into the microphone “it wouldn’t start a war”.
That comment is the epitome of stupidity and recklessness. I don’t want anyone like that anywhere close to being the Commander in Chief.