She crushed him. Hillary Clinton crushed him. She was prepared, poised, knowledgeable and in control of the stage. Donald Trump was vague, pouty and flailing, clearly out of his depth and after the first 30 minutes or so, incoherent. Clinton had no trouble getting under Trump's skin and he reacted as we have come to expect, lashing out, but none of his attacks landed.
He interrupted Clinton constantly, made childishly faces while she was speaking, fidgeted and harrumphed. His behavior could have been seen as a Saturday Night Live parody of him played by a 10-year-old. It was that bad. It is questionable that this man is capable of running a company and certainly not a country.
Most of the pundits (except the ones you would expect) declared Secretary Clinton the winner. Two snap polls agreed: A PPP poll found that viewers thought Clinton had won the debate by a 51-40 margin. A CNN/ORC poll found that 62 percent of viewers thought Clinton won vs. 27 percent who thought Trump did, reported Slate.
This is a good thing - for us and for a world worried about what kind of person the United States will elect - but I remember the first debate in 2012 when Mitt Romney cleaned Barack Obama's clock. Obama came soaring back from that defeat in the subsequent debates and we'll see if Trump gets his game on when the two candidates square off again in St.Louis on 9 October.
I don't need to quote all the morning news outlets for you - it's easy to find them online. This extra Tuesday post is for all of us to react to what we saw last evening or read today. Comments are shut down on yesterday's post with a link to this one so all our responses are gathered in one place where we can follow along.
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