Hillary once again provoked Trump to abandon his plan to be "presidential"

Third presidential debate, Trump vs Clinton
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton debate on the stage at UNLV

| Hillary Clinton strode onto the debate stage dressed in all in white, a veritable white knight come to battle the Prince of Darkness. She masterfully provoked him to lose his "presidential" act and reveal himself once again as simply unfit to be president.

The beginning of the debate was, in my opinion, the best of the three. Moderator Chris Wallace, of Fox News, asked tough, policy-focused questions and kept a tight rein on the proceedings, andTrump had his best 30 minutes on a debate stage. He was determined to let things pass and stuck reasonably well to the topics at hand.

Meanwhile, Hillary had come fully prepped. It was immediately clear that she had not been "resting" at all, but devouring every bit of the psychological game plan. She prodded and needled relentlessly until the outbursts began, and she soon had him doing a very good impression of Alec Baldwin impersonating Donald Trump.

When Hillary turned a question about her speeches to banks into an attack on Trump as a "puppet" of Putin, Trump sputtered, "No puppet! No puppet! You're the puppet."

When Hillary reprised Trump's treatment of women, Trump asserted that the women who have come forward did so because the Clinton campaign pushed them forward then used one of his favorite lines, "Nobody has more respect for women than me." The audience laughed out loud.

When Hillary discussed Trump's propensity to blame others and make excuses, something even Bill O'Reilly and Barack Obama both called "whining," and cited his complaint that he didn't win an Emmy for the Apprentice, Trump proved her point by retorting, "Should have gotten it."

When Trump bragged about staying at his "beautiful" Las Vegas hotel, Hillary quipped, "Made with Chinese steel."

When Hillary said that  she would raise the cap on income that is taxed to fund Social Security (for 2017, wages over $127,200 will not be exempt) and pointed out that "My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s, assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it," Trump interjected, "Such a nasty woman." That's sure to win over women voters.

When Hillary said that Trump had "choked" during his visit to Mexico by not bringing up having Mexico pay for his wall, Trump's eyes became narrow slits. In a comic strip, there would also have been smoke coming out his ears.

It was all very distresssing.

Woman reacting while watching debate
My sentiments exactly

After the debate, Trump greeted his family on stage wearing a grim face and then immediately left the hall, leaving his surrogates and Donald Jr to do their best at putting lipstick on the pig. Hillary, on the other hand, dived into the crowd, greeting supporters and posing for pictures. She knew she had won.

Trump after debate
Trump after the debate
Hillary after debate
Hillary after the debate

The most breath-taking incident during the debate was when the moderator brought up Trump's claims that the election is rigged and asked him point-blank if he would accept the results of the election.

Wallace: You have been warning that this election is rigged and Hillary Clinton is trying to steal it from you. Do you make the same commitment [as running mate Mike Pence and daughter Ivanka Trump] that you will accept the results of this election?

Trump: I will look at it at the time.

Wallace: [after reminding Trump of 'a tradition' in American presidential races that the loser concedes to the winner] Are you saying that you won't uphold that tradition?

Trump: I will tell you at the time. I'll keep you in suspense.

This morning, major papers across the country lead with some variation of Trump may not accept election results:

Every Republican running for office is going to be asked, "Will you accept the results of the election if you lose?" and "Do you agree with Donald Trump that the election is rigged?" Sales of ulcer medications are sure to skyrocket.

Ann Telnaes, cartoonist for the Washington Post, makes sketches of each debate. Here are three from last night's debate.

Ann Telnaes sketch
Such a nasty woman
Ann Telnaes sketch
A bigly lie
Ann Telnaes sketch
Who's the puppet?

Of course, Trump and his minions think he did fantastic, and this morning brought another fundraising email to my inbox.

Trump fundraising email
Donald begs for money

Although it's still early to see reactions from the nation's editorial cartoonists, there's no shortage of Trump lampoons.

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Last updated on Apr 13, 2018

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