One of Trumpy's greatest weaknesses is this need to explain himself, clueless as to why people are bothered, and then in his "explanation" making things worse. A good example at the debate was his attempt to explain why he called Rosie O'Donnell a fat pig -- she DESERVED it, he explained.
Later Clinton called him out for calling a Miss Universe contestant (Alicia Machado -- remember that name) "Miss Piggy." He initially denied it -- then the next day realized he had said that. So now he needed to "explain" that she DESERVED it too. He has no idea how horribly this comes across.
All of which gives the Clinton campaign fodder for a new video, in Spanish.
This is one of two massive errors that will haunt Trump throughout the rest of this campaign, I believe
Wounded and angry, this morning on Fox Trump went after that Miss Universe pageant winner who Hillary brought up in the debate. Trump said she was "the worst" and "gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem."
Listen to him: https://politicalwire.com/2016/09/27/trump-insults-miss-universe-weight-gain/
The new Clinton video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ZM58O_gBo
[NB: Anti-woman, anti-Latina, and anti-Miss Universe. Perfect!]
"A massive amount of weight"
This is what Alicia Machado looked like when Trump took to publicly & privately humiliating her over her weight. She had just turned 20. [read on]
We're going to be hearing a lot from Ms. Machado in the coming days, I expect
One of Hillary's best moves, and she did it frequently, was to just stand aside and watch Trump massacre himself
One of the most quoted axioms from "The Art of War" is some variant on the theme: "When your enemy is in the process of destroying himself, stay out of his way."
Hillary Clinton had to do three things in last night’s debate, and she did roughly 2.8 of them very well. First, she had to actually make sounder, and more appealing policy points than Donald Trump did. On the whole, she succeeded—though she still doesn’t really have a good comeback to Trump’s criticism of the past several decades of trade policy (that’s why I only give her a 2.8 of three). Second, she had to get under his skin, so he’d feel compelled to defend himself, which is to say, defend the indefensible. Third, she had to know when to let him go, to rant, to be Donald Trump, and not step on it by interrupting or trying to refute the absurd. On points two and three, she was brilliant. Getting under his skin, she handed him the rope. Letting him rant, she let him hang himself. . . .
"Donald" -- Here's how Clinton did it. She and her handlers did their homework: they set him up and he stepped right into it
Hillary’s Trump trap: Clinton laid a series of snares, and Donald charged right into them
How Clinton Got Inside Trump’s Head
Hillary Clinton Brings Out the Real Donald Trump
A split screen never mattered so much
Shortly before the first presidential debate of 2016 got underway, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a prominent Donald Trump ally, insisted that the Republican candidate would “pass the test of being adequately competent” during the showdown with Hillary Clinton. The message drew swift mockery for setting the bar for Trump success at such a woefully low level. But by the time the dust settled on the debate, Gingrich’s prediction looked even worse – because Trump didn’t come close to demonstrating “adequate competence.” . . .
Donald Trump gave the worst debate performance of any candidate ever
Trump's debate performance was so bad it was ... really bad
Chuck Todd: 'Debate Was The Most Abnormal Event I've Ever Witnessed'
Then due to the vanity and laziness that led him to think he could wing the most important 95 minutes of his life, he lost the thread of his argument, he lost control of his temper and he lost the perspective necessary to correct these mistakes as he went. . . .
More conservatives who think he blew it: http://www.salon.com/2016/09/27/hillary-trumped-trump-6-conservative-talking-heads-who-say-donald-bombed/
In the lead-up to the debate, all the analysis was that Trumpy had to make himself palatable to GOP women. He failed spectacularly
Clinton's debate performance spoke to every woman who has had to humor an incompetent man
I almost jumped out of my seat when he said this. This is the second massive error, and it might be unrecoverable
Donald Trump admitted he hasn't paid any taxes
A sound track for the moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWPbFZywfbs
In the spin room after, he waffled even more when reporters asked him what he meant. On one hand, he said he hadn't, in fact, admitted to not paying federal income taxes. However, presented with multiple opportunities to say definitively that he has and is paying income taxes, he appeared to dodge the questions. . . .
5 Times Trump Bragged About His Shady Business History In The Debate
At each one of these points, I couldn’t help but picture his aides staring wide-eyed at the television screen and shouting, “Noooo!” But it’s these and other moments — when Trump can’t seem to help himself from saying something politically foolish — that he reveals what really matters to him. When it comes to money and business, Trump obviously feels a compelling need to show that he’s the alpha male — he’s the top dog, he’s always winning, and nobody is going to play him for a sucker, whether it’s a contractor or a partner or the federal government. And while there are certainly some voters who find that appealing, Trump doesn’t seem to grasp that bragging about not paying taxes might not be a good idea for a presidential candidate. . . .
Folks, I think she's got him
Trump replied on stage, "That makes me smart." “Now, if not paying taxes makes him smart, what does that make all the rest of us?” Clinton asked the crowd. Clinton said that she and her husband Bill “didn’t come from billionaire families” but have been financially successful in their public lives. “We believe with the blessings we’ve been giving, we should do our part,” she said to cheers from the audience.
Clinton then went after Trump for boasting to the debate audience at Hofstra University about his past comments calling the housing market bubble a “great opportunity” for his real estate empire. Trump said of those remarks, “That’s called business.” “What kind of person believes that?” Clinton asked. “What kind of person would want to root for 9 million families losing their homes? One who should never be president is the answer to that question.”
When Trump said that not paying taxes ‘makes me smart,’ undecided voters in N.C. gasped
Dana Bash (CNN): “My question for you is, first of all, it sounds like you admitted that you hadn't paid federal taxes and that that was smart. Is that what you meant to say?
Trump: “No, I didn't say that at all.”
I expected this. While taking the high road (he says) and not making an issue of Bill's affairs during the debates, he just turns around and sends out a surrogate to say it
Rudy Giuliani said that Hillary Clinton’s decision to stand by her husband after news of his extramarital affair broke in 1998 proves that the former secretary of state is “too stupid to be president,” Politico reports.
Now Trump says he might use it next time: https://politicalwire.com/2016/09/27/trump-suggests-hell-hit-clinton-harder-next-time/
[NB: Having screwed up so badly, if he thinks the solution is to come out more aggressively next time, he's headed for another catastrophe.]
No, The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Did Not Endorse Trump
All hands on deck for damage control
Trump Runs To Hannity For Post-Debate Damage Control
Donald Trump “lashed out wildly on Tuesday. . .” the New York Times reports.
Trump: Lester Holt Asked Me Some 'Unfair' And 'Hostile' Questions
Shortly after the debate on Monday night, however, Trump told CNNMoney that he “thought Lester did a great job,” adding, “I thought it was very fair.”
This Is How Poorly Trump Communicates
Even his supporters struggle to make sense of his word salad.
Trump is Losing the Post-Debate Debate Badly
The debate was bad enough for Donald Trump, but the next day spin made it even worse. These things grow in the telling. . . .
He's STILL complaining about the microphone
Clinton: "Anybody who blames it on the microphone is not having a good night" https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/clinton-jabs-trump-on-microphone-comments/2016/09/27/01585e34-84c5-11e6-b57d-dd49277af02f_video.html
In the alternate universe
A Surprising Number of Debate-Watchers Saw What They Wanted to See: A Trump Victory
Trumpy has always said he would self-fund his campaign. Now that promise gets put to the test -- because their big-donor contributions are drying up
The Trump Foundation issues get serious
Trump Could Be in Big Trouble
More on the Trump Foundation: a major issue has been what is called "self-dealing," using charitable resources for personal benefit. There are numerous examples, if you've been following the story, and one of them is a giant portrait of the Orange Haired Monster. Where is it? Adorning the wall of one of his golf courses
Trump is actually doing his foundation a favor, by ‘storing’ its portrait on his golf resort wall, his adviser says
Clinton may have attracted millennials with her debate perfomance
Clinton snags another major Republican endorsement, former Senator John Warner of Virginia
And now this: https://politicalwire.com/2016/09/27/arizona-republic-endorses-clinton/
The Arizona Republic endorsed a Democrat for the first time since the newspaper’s founding in 1890.
Drudge Report, which was ground zero for the "Hillary is Dying of Something" meme, is ASTONISHED that she made it through the debate without keeling over. So instead of saying, "maybe we were wrong about how weak and frail she is," or even more strongly, that it was TRUMP who clearly ran out of energy, they have their own way of finessing the counterfactual
In other news. . . .
David Wildstein Testifies: Christie Knew About Lane Closings In Advance
Teen births have plummeted
Bonus item: Seth Meyers on the debate