Some final thoughts on the debate
Hillary relied on a lot of personal attacks and pre-rehearsed lines. I can see how some might be eager to walk away with a few soundbites and clips of her laughing and “acting natural” the overall substance of her points did not go over quite as well as she had hoped.
Trump was.. Trump. I suppose it was foolish to expect him to act any differently but it’s hard to say that he did badly. Each accusation lobbed at him was rebutted effectively, and overall he handled Clinton with far more respect and courtesy than she deserves.
There were definitely a few prompts that were definitely only added in to attempt to make Trump look bad, like the “Birther” thing, while nothing similar was given to Clinton…
Like “The FBI effectively labeled you as too stupid to know you were breaking several serious laws, how do you respond to that” or “You went on record saying you didn’t know how to determine what classified information was and let interns handle highly sensitive information on an unsecured server. What was your intent behind those statements?” or the big one, “You are frequently vocal in your disapproval for the way Trump has talked about women in the past, but never about the way your husband has treated and allegedly still treats women, could you explain why?”
Either way, the whole thing was a mess, but it’s hard to see this as a loss for Trump. Maybe not a great win, but he’s set himself up for a couple weeks of solid non-stop Trump-centric articles, while Hillary’s few headlines will read “WOW! Hillary did not collapse during strenuous session of uninterrupted standing! SO STRONG!”