Monday’s debate will go down in history as one of the most worthless presidential debates in history. At times it was like watching a policy debate among a couple of second graders. David Harsanyi at The Federalist summed it up best,
“On Monday night, America witnessed one of the most worthless, and certainly one of the most infantile, presidential debates in its history. After listening to Donald Trump’s meta-fictions and Hillary Clinton’s manicured obfuscations, the voter is left with one question: do you prefer an idiocracy or a kleptocracy?”
Trump’s debate tactics might have worked in a crowded primary field, but one-on-one his spastic word vomiting was fully displayed. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton resembled a pot talking to a kettle, while proposing more taxes, “investments,” and sending the police to reeducation programs.
Perhaps, it’s a good thing there’s finally some bipartisan agreements between the candidates. Both candidates came out in opposition to free trade, due process rights, and supportive of a new child care entitlement.
We also saw a debate about whether or not Trump initially supported the Iraq War for the nine billionth time. Lester Holt did not ask Hillary about her Iraq War vote, Benghazi, or the Clinton Foundation, but debated Trump on stop and frisk and birtherism. Donald Trump was asked tough questions, but Hillary Clinton was not. Holt appears to have folded to the pressure to constantly fact check Trump.
Trump cited Sean Hannity as an independent source, while Hillary cited her website as an independent fact checker. None of the snarky “independent” “fact checkers” cared to inform Hillary of the Anglo-Portuguese Treaty of 1373 when she said that NATO was the oldest military alliance in world history. Clinton also asserted that, “[Trump said] women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men,” as if that was a bad thing. Defining the bigotry of low expectations, she apparently believes women deserve equal pay for substandard work.
If the debate was a baseball game, Clinton walked the bases loaded when talking about Trump hiding his tax returns. The correct answer would have been to refer to her attempts to hide from use of a private server to avoid FOI requests or talk about the Clinton Foundation. Instead Trump struck out by taking a fastball right down the middle of the plate by trying to inflate his own ego.
When given the chance to hit Hillary on cyber security for putting a private server in a bathroom closet, he instead chose to talk about “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.” He also said that the United States should abandon the nuclear first strike option, then no more than 15 seconds later, proceeded to say he could not take anything off the table.
With two more Clinton-Trump debates to go, the country waits with bated breath to see the two most despised presidential candidates in history knock heads once again.