The Rumble On Long Island Brought The Fire Between Trump And Hillary

I’ll admit, I did not see the whole thing. I was switching back and forth between football and the rumble after the first 30 minutes. How’d it go?

(Fox News) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, in a fiery opening debate where seemingly nothing was off limits, clashed sharply Monday night as the Republican nominee worked to cast his rival as a career politician unable to bring change – and the Democratic nominee fought to tag Trump as an empty suit “hiding” something from the American public.

Entering their first encounter after a solid week of intense preparation, Clinton seemed ready for several of Trump’s taunts on stage at Hofstra University.

When Trump, discussing how he’d been “all over” the country talking to inner-city communities, said, “You decided to stay home, and that’s okay” – Clinton had a swift retort.

“I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did,” Clinton said. “And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president, and I think that’s a good thing.”

Later in the debate, Trump summed up his counter-argument in a few words: “Hillary has experience, but it’s bad experience.”

And that’s about how it went for the entire time. Trump attempted his interrupting schtick a lot, which is apparently sexxxxxist, because, you know, a strong woman like Hillary needs protection from the big bad man.

Memo to Donald: it didn’t get Hillary off her game, so, leave it alone next time. And write a few things down. You missed a few glorious opportunities. You got this one (via Twitchy)

but you should have also mentioned her transcripts for speeches to Wall Street. He missed a few golden opportunities

That was during a discussion of cyber terrorism and security. Donald wiffed on that one.

Lester Holt was somewhat of a disgrace. He was interrupting Trump, attempting to fact check, and asking questions of Trump that he wouldn’t ask of Hillary. Holt brought up birtherism during a discussion on race, then complained about Trump answering the question because they were talking about race. Yet, he failed to ask Hillary almost anything about her scandals. Holt go in a pissing match with Trump, which ended up with the “let her release her emails”, and Holt said “well, I’ll let her answer that.” He did briefly ask her about her emails, but didn’t press her on it.

For the most part, Holt allowed Clinton free reign while attempting to press Trump. He played lots of gotcha with Trump. As the transcript shows.

The snap polls, and I mean snap, if they’re being published barely an hour after the debate ended, gave Hillary the nod as the winner. Me, I’d call it a draw. Trump survived, he didn’t make an utter fool of himself, he held his own, and he got a few shots in. I love the line about “She’s been doing this for 30 years.” He mentioned that many, many times. What Hillary needed was a kill shot. She did not get one.

Obviously, most of the fact checkers are fact checking….Trump. Perhaps they should fact check themselves.

Trump did well enough to make sure many people will reserve their votes for at least a couple more weeks, wanting to see what happens next, and what will happen during the next debate, which comes up on Sunday, October 9th. Which features the Giants vs Green Bay, so, it might lose a few viewers.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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