Well, that didn’t play out as I expected.
Quite honestly, Trump had me on edge through the whole debate. He struck me as nervous, irritable, and thin skinned. He rambled in many of his responses. My impression was that a xanax or two would have made all the difference in the world. He needed to relax and tone it down. I was relieved when it was over because he was too high strung tonight.
Hillary, of course, was Hillary. There is no other Hillary. As always, the terms cold-blooded, inhuman, unlikable, inauthentic, robotic, and fake all come to mind. She is like the fakest person in the office with her big smile. She delivered her canned lines. It was all rehearsed boilerplate and sound bites. Then again, maybe I just tune her out because I can’t get past the tone of her voice to digest what she is saying.
Trump, I think, spoke from the heart, but lost on style due to his tone. He made a number of good points right out of the gate on trade policy. Anyway, it is clear that Trump didn’t accomplish what he needed to do here. Then again, I don’t see what Hillary accomplished either, aside from not dying on stage. I don’t think she came across as genuine or likable. I don’t think she motivated anyone who was disaffected or demoralized to support her campaign.
There is only one Hillary, but there are many Donald Trumps. I prefer the confident, relaxed and funny Trump. I hope he shows up in the second debate.