How Donald Trump mumbled, fumbled, and lost the first of three presidential debates to a level-headed Hillary Clinton

His ego, his ability to speak semi-coherently without thinking, and his thin-skinned nature got the best of the demagogue

trumpclintonfirstdebate-1While extravagantly displaying his ignorance of world affairs, American foreign policy, diplomacy, government, law, and plain current events, Donald Trump fumbled and mumbled and blew a chance to show the American people that he has what it takes to be president of the United States.

Donald Trump allowed himself to be cruelly shamed by Hillary Rodham Clinton, a member of the opposite sex that the so-called billionaire businessman routinely demeans.

The first of three presidential debates held last night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and moderated by NBC news anchor Lester Holt, turned out to be a disappointment to 100 million viewers nationally; except that, in many cases, viewers were happy to see Trump disintegrate.

Six topics/issues of national importance were to be discussed in 15-minute segments, during which each candidate was to explain their position; however, because of Trump’s belligerence, only three of the topics were covered.

And Trump blew them all!

trumps100faces-300Donald Trump spoke like an elementary school fourth-grader, sometimes using plain street language and words like “bigly.”

Donald Trump bragged about his ability to avoid and evade taxes when accused of hiding something in his tax returns which he refused to release. “I’m a good businessman,” he proclaimed.

Donald Trump marveled in his ability to stiff people for services provided him as “what a smart businessman” should do.

Donald Trump proclaimed that the rest of the world was nothing more than “competition” and he would stiff other countries whenever and wherever he could.

Donald Trump tried hard to show civility and human charm but failed miserably when he continuously and shamelessly interrupted moderator Lester Holt and Clinton with the plaints of a playground toddler.

Donald Trump tried to win arguments with facial twists, angry grunts, and outright lies.

It was a disastrous night for Trump and his campaign; his staff worked hard to find excuses for his terrible performance. The best explanation for each of his lies was provided by his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, who said:

“Mr. Trump did not lie – he simply did not know the truth!”


About Julius Willis

A former Philippines newspaper publisher and businessman, Julius resettled in California, USA, where he simultaneously worked as an instructional and technical writer and engineering department manager and taught college for 26 years. Now retired, he serves as a member of the Alameda County Housing & Community Development Advisory Committee. He also served as a member of the City of Hayward's General Plan Task Force and the city's Planning, Personnel, Citizens Advisory, and Community Services commissions.
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