Top-the-news-cycle this morning, of course, is the debate last night between T-Rump and Hillary Clinton — another surreal experience appearing as scenes from a shitty art-house movie
Major takeaway came from Clinton, and could also explain this past year: “It was horrifying what he said…”
In the debate case, she was responding to asshole T-Rump’s blather on the possibility he’d might not accept results of the election, now less than three weeks away.
Playing to character, reality is all in the head of T-Rump — he couldn’t even handle good-buddy Chris Wallace’s softball lead-in: ‘“The loser concedes to the winner and the country comes together.”‘
Even beyond railing for deportation of “some bad hombres,” or calling Hillary a “nasty woman” right in her face, T-Rump bird-fingered America with his smug, petulant, teasing: ‘“I will look at it at the time…I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?”’
Answering took a couple of prods from Wallace on the question whether he’d respect the Nov. 8 election, and when he finally condescended to answer, a ‘pivotal’ moment (HuffPost):
Off stage, according to media reports, the audience reacted with an audible gasp.
On stage, Trump went on to talk about “millions of people that are registered to vote that should not be registered to vote” — and then, once again, attacked the media.
At that point Wallace interrupted Trump to point out the gravity of what Trump was saying — and, basically, give him one more chance to walk it back, or at least qualify it somehow.
“Sir,” Wallace said, “there is a tradition in this country … that no matter how hard fought a campaign is, that at the end of the campaign, that the loser concedes to the winner. … that the loser concedes to the winner, and that the country comes together in part for the good of the country. Are you saying you’re not prepared now to commit to that principle?”
All Trump had to say was “of course I will.”
Even a tentative, highly qualified assurance that he’d respect the democratic process would have probably done the trick.
But Trump couldn’t bring himself to do that.
Instead, he stood his ground, saying, “What I’m saying is, I’ll tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?”
Right then, enter Hillary stage right (on my TV screen) with her “horrifying” reply spiel — she gave the shithead another earlier punch, about midway in the debate, when they got into a little row about Iraq, the incident showed exactly where Clinton stood last night.
Transcribed via the Guardian‘s live blog:
Clinton: “Once again, Donald is implying that he didn’t support the invasion of Iraq.”
Trump: “Wrong. Wrong.”
Clinton: “Google it. Google ‘Donald Trump Iraq.’”
Clinton: “Why does that matter? It matters because he has not told the truth.”
Then she does a mini-lecture on Mosul, “a Sunni city on the border with Syria, and yes we do need to go after Baghdadi, just as we went after bin Laden, when you were on celebrity Apprentice.”
“I’m amazed he seems to think that..launched attack to help me in this election, but that’s how Donald thinks. .. these conspiracy theories.
Trump yells over her.
Clinton keeps talking.
Trump: “Wikileaks came out, and John Podesta said horrible things about you, and boy was he right…. John Podesta said you have terrible instincts. Bernie Sanders said you have bad judgment. I agree with both.”
Clinton: “You should ask Bernie Sanders who he’s supporting for president… he has said you’re the most dangerous person in the modern history to have run for president. I think he’s right.”
This election sucks…but there’s some dark-comedy relief…