Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The Debate and Trump's Lies
The first debate featured an unprepared man repeatedly shouting over a highly prepared woman
The coherence gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was devastating.
From a friend: "Hillary's debate performance last night was masterful. Trump took the bait every single time. I think at the next debate he will get even nastier, crueler, and viler; because instead of intelligently looking over his performance to see where he needs to improve, he'll blame his horrible performance on everyone but himself. In other words, he'll be a whiney, petulant, crybaby -- his true nature."
Trump started out strong, and he got some points in during the first half hour. Then, like the wicked witch of the west, he withered away and melted into a smoldering pile of bile and bluster, shouting, "I'M LYING, I'M LYING!"
Another friend: "One fact check site said Trump was on pace to shatter the record for lies told at a presidential debate. Several news organizations reported Trump aides furiously deleting tweets to cover up lies. Trump whining that he lost the debate because someone sabotaged his mike. Several videos of the future "healthiest president ever" sniffling like a coke addict."
Secretary Clinton was cool, calm, and extremely knowledgeable, while Trump sounded like a snuffalufflagus. What was all that sniffing and hacking about? He appeared very tired and very unhappy at the end of the debate, while Secretary Clinton was all smiles, looking pleased. Of course she should have been pleased. She knew what she was talking about; Trump repeated lies that have been debunked over the past 15 months, and everyone knows those same dreary falsehoods.
Here are some of the dozens of lies Trump told at the debate last night:
He said that the public can learn as much from his financial disclosures as from his tax returns. False
He claimed again that Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign started the birther movement. False.
He claimed that he didn’t support the war in Iraq, when he did.
He mischaracterized the origins of the Islamic State and the nature of the NATO alliance.
He lamented the failed economy in Michigan and Ohio when, in fact, both states gained tens of thousands of jobs in the last year.
He predicted the Fed would raise interest rates if Clinton were elected, which one analysis called a “baseless accusation.”
He said the Obama administration has done nothing to update America’s nuclear arsenal when it is spending tens of billions of dollars on modernization.
Soon after he said that the murder rate in New York City rose after “stop and frisk” was ruled unconstitutional, the NYPD swiftly corrected him: It’s gone down.
On to the next debate. Or no?
TRUMP THREATENS TO SKIP REMAINING DEBATES IF HILLARY IS THERE
Trump blasted the format of Monday night’s debate by claiming that the presence of Clinton was “specifically designed” to distract him from delivering his message to the American people. “Every time I said something, she would say something back,” he said. “It was rigged.”