PPP’s post debate survey, sponsored by VoteVets Action Fund, finds that voters nationally think Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in the debate, 51/40. [Public Policy Polling]
NOBODY EXPECTS die hard Donald Trump supporters to think anything has changed.
Anyone who watched the first 30 minutes and then moved on will wake up a bit surprised on Tuesday morning.
On trade and economics, Donald was putting points on the board, NAFTA, too.
Clinton just kept seeing Trump and thinking it was Philippe Reines and it amused the hell out of her all evening.
There was the “Between 2 Ferns” stare.
Clinton’s Benghazi stare was my favorite.
It was offense all the way.
During the 25 interruptions from Donald, Secretary Clinton slyly smiled. Her eyes darted, flashing pleasure at times. She was prepared and clearly enjoying herself. I have no idea what tune was playing in her head but I imagine it was “Hail to the Chief.”
There are still tens of millions of Trump voters and all of those Johnson and Stein voters simply don’t want establishment fare.
So, head down, she’ll keep working for every goddamn vote she can get.
It wasn’t until the back half of the debate that Trump melted into complete gibberish, his unpreparedness on foreign policy an embarrassment of titanic proportions. At one point he was reduced to unintelligible babble.
So what did Donald do? He ran back to Fox Nex Channel, to the arms of Sean Hannity. It was an unmitigated disaster, though nothing came close to when Trump tripped over his birtherism in front of tens of millions of voters.
It gave an all new meaning to the ugly American.
TRUMP: Wait a minute. I was against the war in Iraq. Just so you put it out.
HOLT: The record shows otherwise, but why — why was…
TRUMP: The record does not show that.
HOLT: Why was — is your judgment any…
TRUMP: The record shows that I’m right. When I did an interview with Howard Stern, very lightly, first time anyone’s asked me that, I said, very lightly, I don’t know, maybe, who knows? Essentially. I then did an interview with Neil Cavuto. We talked about the economy is more important. I then spoke to Sean Hannity, which everybody refuses to call Sean Hannity. I had numerous conversations with Sean Hannity at Fox. And Sean Hannity said — and he called me the other day — and I spoke to him about it — he said you were totally against the war, because he was for the war.
HOLT: Why is your judgment better than…
TRUMP: And when he — excuse me. And that was before the war started. Sean Hannity said very strongly to me and other people — he’s willing to say it, but nobody wants to call him. I was against the war. He said, you used to have fights with me, because Sean was in favor of the war.
And I understand that side, also, not very much, because we should have never been there. But nobody called Sean Hannity. And then they did an article in a major magazine, shortly after the war started. I think in ’04. But they did an article which had me totally against the war in Iraq.
And one of your compatriots said, you know, whether it was before or right after, Trump was definitely — because if you read this article, there’s no doubt. But if somebody — and I’ll ask the press — if somebody would call up Sean Hannity, this was before the war started. He and I used to have arguments about the war. I said, it’s a terrible and a stupid thing. It’s going to destabilize the Middle East. And that’s exactly what it’s done. It’s been a disaster.
It’s so ironic that the first time in American history a woman nominee meets her male opponent on the presidential debate stage, he completely melts down. Donald didn’t have the intellectual stamina to produce any coherent statement on the most fundamental subject for a president, national security and foreign policy.
Hillary Clinton could become the first Democrat in history to win the college white vote.
Prepare for scorched earth.
Donald’s going down.