I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers.
Objectively speaking there is no doubt that Hillary Clinton won last night’s debate. She was well prepared, appeared more presidential and repeatedly managed to put Trump on the defensive. On the other hand, Trump often contradicted himself, seemed to lose concentration and often just randomly shouted out buzzwords without mentioning any real facts or credible policy suggestions.
He bragged about not paying federal income tax (“That makes me smart!”) and spent several minutes defending the conspiracy theory that Barack Obama had not been born in America. After this truly bizarre monologue and several other questionable comments, he accused Clinton of not having “the look” and “the stamina” and continued on a rant about deals and foreign policy. He didn’t care to answer Lester Holt’s (the moderator) question about his comment on Clinton’s look and instead asked: “Wait a minute, Lester. You asked me a question. Did you ask me a question?”. Even though Trump turned pretty nasty at times, Clinton managed to keep her cool and responded with smiles and comments such as this: “Donald, I know you live in your own reality”.
The debate will probably leave hardline supporters on either side unimpressed. However, it could have an impact on the undecided voters who make up 10-20%. Last night made the decision for them a little easier. It made it clear that the choice is actually between a well prepared and calm candidate and a fact-ignoring and at times outright weird candidate.
Here are some of the more bizarre Trump quotes from the debate:
Obama’s birth certificate
“When I got involved, I didn’t fail. I got him to give the birth certificate. So I’m satisfied with it. And I’ll tell you why I’m satisfied with it (…) But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate. And I think I did a good job (…) Well, it was very — I say nothing. I say nothing, because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing. And I think I did a great job and a great service not only for the country, but even for the president, in getting him to produce his birth certificate.”
“I take advantage of the laws of the nation because I'm running a company. My obligation right now is to do well for myself, my family, my employees, for my companies. And that's what I do."
"But what she doesn't say is that tens of thousands of people that are unbelievably happy and that love me. I'll give you an example. We're just opening up on Pennsylvania Avenue right next to the White House, so if I don't get there one way, I'm going to get to Pennsylvania Avenue another."
“When I go around -- Lester, I tell you this, I've been all over. And when I go around, despite the tax cut, the thing -- the things that business as in people like the most is the fact that I'm cutting regulation. You have regulations on top of regulations, and new companies cannot form and old companies are going out of business.”
Law and order
“Now, whether or not in a place like Chicago you do stop and frisk, which worked very well, Mayor Giuliani is here, worked very well in New York (…) But stop-and- frisk had a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City. Tremendous beyond belief. So when you say it has no impact, it really did. It had a very, very big impact.”
“As far as the cyber, I agree to parts of what Secretary Clinton said. We should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we’re not. I don’t think anybody knows it was Russia that broke into the DNC. She’s saying Russia, Russia, Russia, but I don’t — maybe it was. I mean, it could be Russia, but it could also be China. It could also be lots of other people. It also could be somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds, OK?"
"So we have to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is — it is a huge problem. I have a son. He’s 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe it’s hardly doable."
“But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better, Lester, and certainly cyber is one of them.”
“Or, as I’ve been saying for a long time, and I think you’ll agree, because I said it to you once, had we taken the oil — and we should have taken the oil — ISIS would not have been able to form either, because the oil was their primary source of income. And now they have the oil all over the place, including the oil — a lot of the oil in Libya.”
“We are losing billions and billions of dollars. We cannot be the policemen of the world… We cannot protect countries all over the world when they’re not paying us what we need. She’s not saying that because she has no business ability.”