*The biggest political nightmare of Hillary Clinton’s lifetime could have occurred last night. During the first of three scheduled presidential debates, a different Donald Trump could have showed up: measured, informed, poised, articulate, and ready for the Oval Office.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! AAAAAA HAHAHAHAHA!
Trump managed to hold it together for about 10 of the 90 minute, uninterrupted broadcast, although he gave viewers a hint of the misogyny he’d bring to the White House. After referring to Hillary as “Secretary Clinton,” he condescendingly said “Is that OK? I want you to be happy. It’s very important to me.”
Trump started by trying to attract voters in states like Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania who are frustrated by the loss of manufacturing jobs. He sounded almost semi-literate, but he quickly devolved into…Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, after talking about her “middle class” upbringing and her small business-owning father, Clinton quickly cast Trump as a child of privilege. “He started his business with $14 million borrowed from his father, and he really believes that the more you help wealthy people, the better off we’ll be and that everything will work out from there. I don’t buy that,” she said.
Clinton’s good at baiting Trump, and she really tore into him over his refusal to release his income tax returns to the public, speculating over why he’s digging his heels in over the issue.
“First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is.” Clinton said. “Maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be. Third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes.”
It was one of Clinton’s shining moments of the night, and Trump took the bait. He began to interrupt her over…and over…and over, 51 times during the night. And someone should have told The Orange One that even when he’s not on mike, he’s on camera. His eye rolls, sighs, and grimaces while Clinton was speaking made him look more like a petulant child than the leader of the free world.
The debate then transitioned to the topic of race relations, with Trump defending his questioning of President Obama’s birthplace, claiming that he did the president a favor and something that Clinton couldn’t do. “I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate,” he said. “Hillary couldn’t do it, she couldn’t get the job done.”
Maybe that was because THAT job — trying to embarrass and mock the president — wasn’t a job she was trying to do, Donald. Secretary Clinton, along with every other rational person in the world, will leave that to people like you.
As the debate moved to foreign policy, Trump served up one of my favorite moments of the night by repeatedly lying about his own position on the war in Iraq. Tape of him saying he did support it, from 2002, shouldn’t be believed, he said, because he hadn’t thought about the issue much. “I haven’t given lots of thoughts to NATO,” Trump proclaimed.
No sir, you haven’t — because you sadly don’t have lots of thoughts to spare.
“My strongest attribute is my temperament,” Trump bellowed. Clinton’s wry reply: “Ok.”
I’m far from a diehard Hillary Clinton supporter. I don’t agree with everything she says or everything she does — but I could make the same statement about President Obama. But Secretary Clinton has devoted her life to public service and being an advocate for those who haven’t always had a voice, and she is running against a loud-mouthed, egomaniacal, bigoted liar who’s less ready for the Oval Office than my french fry-loving ass is for the Olympics.
24 hours ago, I was looking forward to watching all three presidential debates. After last night’s circus, I may pass on the next two and start picking out my pantsuit for Clinton’s inauguration.