September 27, 2016

NOT JUST IGNORANT, BUT INEDUCABLE:

Donald Trump's Woeful Debate Performance Won't Deter His Die-Hard Fans : His brash, reality TV persona took the stage last night, even as he tried to appear presidential. (Joseph P. Williams, Sept. 27, 2016, US News)

Despite facing his opponent for the first time in a one-on-one debate, Trump repeatedly interrupted Clinton during her responses, browbeat her on trade and foreign policy issues and blamed her and President Barack Obama for creating a nation on the brink of ruin.

But he also rejected concrete facts, declaring that the moderator, NBC News anchor Lester Holt, was incorrect for mentioning Trump was in favor of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and that Trump perpetuated the falsehood that Obama isn't an American citizen, two claims that have been widely proven. Trump mugged, sighed, fidgeted and, leaning into the podium microphone, said, "No!" or "Wrong!" when Clinton or Holt brought up his past statements.

The GOP candidate seemed driven to defend himself against even the smallest slight. He complained about Clinton's "not nice" political ads against him. He bristled when she suggested his as-yet-unreleased taxes would show he's not as wealthy as he claims. He pushed back and questioned her "stamina" when she suggested he's unfit to be commander-in-chief - even as his free-form answers over the last half of the debate often trailed into contradictions and bordered on incoherence.

No one would expect him to learn facts, because they undercut his entire candidacy, but he ought to be able to learn from experience, no?  This was the same problem he had in primary debates : he's bored by the actual issues, so he disappears, then responds manically to any perceived slight.

Posted by at September 27, 2016 5:52 AM

  

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