Donald Trump does best when Donald Trump attacks Hillary Clinton. That flies in the face of every single thing we have ever learned about politics. The lesson that we have learned from day one is don’t attack a woman candidate if you’re a man because it’s going to come across as you are bullying her. Wow, did that one get thrown under the bus Sunday night.
Every poll I’ve seen, every commentator I’ve heard from said the same thing…Donald Trump’s performance was much better than the first debate and he won the second debate hands down. He held up ok when he was attacked (and rightfully so) over his lewd and demeaning comments about women that he made off the record 11 years ago. He was able to fend off the attack, because when the debate turned to other topics, he was on the attack, and he kept Clinton on the defensive all night long.
When was the last time you recall a presidential candidate in a debate calling their opponent a liar? I can’t recall anytime that happened. Yet Trump continually called Hillary out on it and she had nothing to respond to it. She sat there like a second grader that was caught cheating on a spelling test. Trump laid out the differences between the two candidates in such a way that Clinton couldn’t do much but smile and once again try and deny that she had lied (what else could she do?). As it was, Trump’s demeanor wasn’t mean, it was matter-of-fact. He prosecuted the case like a DA going for the kill. And to be honest, he needed to. Had he sat back, had he let Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz run over him like they tried to, he would have appeared weak. Once again, as was the case with Lester Holt, both Cooper and Raddatz tried to appear unbiased, but certainly failed in that attempt. But Trump was strong throughout and Clinton was weak, especially when Trump pulled the “Bill card”.
And let’s chat for a second about that. A lot of libs are asking what difference does the spouse of a presidential candidate make? Well, it makes a difference if the candidate was an enabler, as is the case with Hillary Clinton. It makes a difference when Trump is accused of talking lewd and demeaning toward women, but Bill Clinton actually DID those things Trump talked about, with Hillary’s blessing (she even went after the “bimbo eruptions” after the fact and attacked them). THAT makes is a political issue, and yes, unfortunately, it makes it in bounds. Trust me, I don’t defend Trump for his comments any more than I defended Clinton for his actions 30 years ago. And I don’t defend Hillary for what she has done her entire marriage. All three are terrible examples of humanity as far as that goes.
But the debate was one Trump needed to win, and he did, hands down. In fact, in one focus group I saw held by Frank Luntz, a very well respected pollster, Trump had a 9-8 with 5 undecided edge before the debate. Afterward, it was Trump 18, Clinton 4. That’s pretty telling!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!