Well. We made it through the debates last night. The Internet is packed full of analysis and fact-checking this morning, so I’m not going to add to that too much.
It was a pretty good showing on Hillary’s part – she smoked Donald Trump. It was pretty obvious from the outset that Hillary had done her homework whereas Donald Trump very much had not. She managed to get him good and rattled right out of the gate, too, so he spent much of the rest of the evening being shouty and annoyed and blustery. And lying. So many lies. The fact-checkers must be exhausted.
Trump reacted badly to losing, as you might expect. Immediately after the debate Trump was peddling conspiracy theories about his “bad mic,” chewing out his staff and family, and getting pushy with reporters.
Trump supporters had their panties in a wad, too. Trump’s Stormfront buddies were bemoaning his loss and over on Twitter #TrumpWon is trending. The hashtag started out with supporters touting Trump’s “win” based on a multitude of easily-gamed online polls, but it’s devolved into everyone else snickering at the claim now.
I’m pretty sure the most irritating thing I heard all night was Trump’s “You had 30 years to fix it, you’ve been in government for 30 years,” harping.
“She’s been doing this for 30 years. And why hasn’t she made the agreements better?”
“You’ve been doing this for 30 years. Why are you just thinking about these solutions right now? For 30 years, you’ve been doing it, and now you’re just starting to think of solutions.”
“But you haven’t done it in 30 years or 26 years or any number you want to…”
It irritates me because it comes across like Trump is trying to make Clinton’s immense experience in government sound like a bad thing, and I’m super done with people crapping on experience and expertise. Experience and expertise are not bad things. If you think they are, there’s a good chance you might be an idgit.
It also irritates me because Trump’s insinuating that “the establishment” in general and Hillary Clinton in particular have been ignoring these problems for ages. For one thing, half the things he’s whining about didn’t exist 30 years ago, and the other half people have been trying to fix, when they could get anything done in Congress. A good part of the reason why some of these things have been problems for 30 years is because Republican Congresses have been kicking them down the line all this time.
I did a Storify of my livetweets here because Twitter is where we go to yell at the TV now. You can check it out if you’re so inclined.
Here’s some fact-checking and analysis.
- Politifact: PolitiFact’s annotated transcript of the first presidential debate. (Click on the asterisks next to highlighted lines to read their annotations.)
- Politifact: Trump, Clinton debate fact-checks (a running collection)
- FactCheck.org: FactChecking the First Debate
- NPR: Who Got What They Wanted From The First Clinton-Trump Debate?
- NPR: Fact Check: Trump And Clinton Debate For The First Time
- NPR: Across The Country, Fascination And Indifference On Debate Night
- Washington Post: Fact-checking the first Clinton-Trump presidential debate
- Washington Post: The Daily 202: Why even Republicans think Clinton won the first debate
- LA Times: Round by round: Our analysts say Clinton outpunched Trump