How Hillary Clinton crushed Donald Trump in their first debate and why it probably won’t matter.
Last night was the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It not only was one of the more anticipated presidential debates in recent memory, but it was also one of the most watched. So while people who tuned in expected a contest of contrasting styles, what we got instead was an ol’ fashioned butt whoopin’! Here are some of the important things we noticed in last night’s debate.
Before We Get Started
We’ve seen Donald Trump say some pretty crazy things on a debate stage during the Republican primaries. And you know what happened? He overwhelmingly won the Republican primaries. While the first debate is important, it’s also important to remember that he’s been political Teflon throughout this election season. While this debate was a major blow for the Trump campaign, it definitely didn’t kill his campaign; like many are saying this morning.
Ok, with all that said…
Is There a Gif That Aptly Describes Last Night’s Debate?
The whole night was Hillary Clinton baiting Donald Trump on attacking certain issues and Donald Trump taking the bait EVERY. TIME.
The Crazy Shit Donald Trump Said in Last Night’s Debate
Trump continues weight attack on miss universe https://t.co/lizbpeSinS
— Eddie Vale (@evale72) September 27, 2016
“You’ve been fighting ISIS your whole life.” (Of course that would be hard considering ISIS was created after Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State.)
“That would not start a war.” (After saying he would blow up an Iranian ship if they had been taunting American soldiers.)
“I said very tough things to [Rosie O’Donnell] and I think that everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.” (Commenting on Clinton’s accusation that Trump called O’Donnell “a pig.”)
“I was going to say something Extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can’t do it.” (He was talking about bringing up Bill Clinton’s various infidelities as a debate talking point against Bill Clinton’s wife, during a nationally televised presidential debate!)
“The other day we were deporting 800 people. And perhaps they pressed the wrong button, they press the wrong button, or perhaps worse than that, it was corruption.” (We don’t know what the hell he’s talking about…)
“That’s called business, by the way.” (The response after Clinton claimed Trump was rooting for the 2008 housing crisis.)
“It would be squandered, too, believe me.” (The response after Clinton claimed Trump hadn’t paid federal income tax for many years. Which essentially got Trump to admit he didn’t pay taxes for years…)
Aaaaaand there were more, but this whole post can’t be just crazy Donald Trump quotes.
So How Did Lester Holt Do Last Night?
Lester Holt pic.twitter.com/NZ2OU7sfDV
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) September 27, 2016
Ok to be fair, he did a much better job in the second half of the debate. Keeping Trump accountable for his comments and corralling Clinton to stay on point – which was a moot point due to the crazy things coming out of Trump’s mouth – is easier said than done. But for the most part, it was a rocky start but a relatively decent finish.
The Worst Case Scenario
Hillary Clinton did exactly what she wanted to do last night. Throughout the night, Clinton’s hits on Donald Trump put him consistently on the offensive, leading to moments like this:
Yet more importantly she exposed Trump to be someone that just wasn’t prepared for last night’s debate and someone who might not be ready for the tribulations the US Presidency entails. Between throwing questionable responses to simple questions and having weird tirades during the debate, the Clinton campaign showed a side of Trump that they wanted America to see; an out-of-touch billionaire that can be set off with the slightest remark.
However, there’s an idea going around today that Clinton’s poll push could be minimal after last night’s debate, bullshit polls aside. Considering that debate could have not gotten any better for Clinton, not getting the boost that most people are expecting – 1-2% push – could prove incredibly problematic for her campaign. Trump showcased some of his worst tendencies Monday night on national television, but it would mean nothing if no one cares.
We will know soon if voters gravitate toward Trump because of the politician he is or that he represents an idea of change that many people want to see in government? If it’s the latter, then Clinton might be in real trouble.
But Make No Mistake, It Was That Kind of Night
Me: "Sen. What did you think of the debate last night?"
Lindsey Graham: "No, no no. I'm not going to talk about it. Go away. Go away. Bye."
— Laura Barron-Lopez (@lbarronlopez) September 27, 2016
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