Clearly, this was the most substantive of the three presidential debate. Chris Wallace was clearly in control and made for a much better discussion of policy. The very first question (which Hillary never answered) asked about Supreme Court justices and how constitutional interpretative philosophy. That was the best first question of any debate I’ve ever seen. Kudos, Mr. Wallace – you’ve been the best moderator of a presidential debate this season.
Who was the winner? As a #neverTrump guy, it pains me to say it but I think Trump won. He did what he had to do, which was sure up his base. Did he change any minds? I think he gave conservatives who have been abandoning him a reason to come back. He was throwing red meat to evangelical voters who have serious doubts about the guy.
Overall, we saw a different Donald Trump last night. He seemed much more informed and prepared. The first 20 minutes were almost flawless. He was even patient, at times. But, of course, he was still slinging mud and hurling insults like a little child. But, I will give him credit for much needed and appreciated improvement.
My number one issue has always been abortion. I appreciated Trump’s stance. Was he sincere? I have no idea. But, he stuck to his guns when it would have been easy to waiver. He threw the horrors of partial-birth abortion in her face and made her own this disgusting, vile butchering of human lives already born! Was it the best defense of pro-life values? No. But, it was the strongest stance I’ve seen the Donald take. I’m going to give him credit for that.
For many people, Trump disqualified himself for not vowing to accept the results of the election if he losses. Now, these charges of a rigged election are simply ridiculous. The media is behind this, really? The guy is delusional (thus my #neverTrump stance). But, why should the guy vow to accept an election result no matter what? There could be legitimate issues that night (think 2000 election). My problem is not him refusing to take a vow but the reason he would not.
Ok, here are my live tweets starting from bottom to top (@kevinjthompson):
Hillary is hitting this rigged election question out of the park. #debatenight
Donald was actually doing well until he puts on the tinfoil hat and starts talking rigged election. #debatenight
Trump pivots to Hillary’s e-mail and thus no one will push Hillary to answer about her husband’s philandering.They’ve moved on #debatenight
Ok, the wheels are now coming off for Trump. He was incoherent trying to defend himself against groping allegations #debatenight
kevinjthompson @kevinjthompson 9h9 hours ago
If he can’t mention wiki-leaks, she can’t mention Trump’s illegally leaked tax returns. #debatenight
“Because he wants a puppet.” – Hillary’s best line so far, and she’s rattling Donald. #debatenight
I’m actuality rooting for Trump, this is a different candidate tonight. #debatenight
Would love to hear Trump take a firm pro-life stance here. #debatenight
Trump wants justices that will interpret the Constitution by original intent. He knocked that out of the park. #debatenight
That is the best first question of any debate I’ve ever watched. Hillary isn’t answering it. #debatenight
This may be the only time Chris Wallace appears on MSNBC. #debatenight
So Trump has his own fake news coverage of the debate on Facebook live. Maybe the only way he’ll get positive coverage. Sounds like rigging