We all knew after the week Donald Trump had that he was going to go nuclear and drag everyone through the mud during this debate but he managed to take this into the gutter even before he took the stage.
In a grotesque attempt to deflect from the release of a video in which he is heard demeaning women and bragging about sexual assault Trump held a press conference with several women who claim they were assaulted by Bill Clinton. They included Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey. In addition Trump also brought Kathy Shelton, who was the victim in a rape case in which a young Hillary Clinton defended the accuser.
He then sat the women in the front row.
It was repulsive even by Trumpian standards given that he has shown that he could care less about these women. This is borne out in past interviews where he has berated these women calling them "terrible" and "unattractive" and claimed that Bill Clinton was the real victim. All these women were to Trump were props used to further his own goals.
And then there was the debate's tone was set when by the two candidates refusing to shake hands as they walked out for the introduction.
Like I said it was uncomfortable to say the least. I'm sure none of us ever thought we would live to see the day when "You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?" would be a valid first question put to a presidential candidate. Nonetheless that is how Anderson Cooper began the night.
Here is the the rambling answer by Trump as to if he understood it at all...
"No. I didn't say that at all. I don't think you understood what was -- this was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly I'm not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.You know, when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have -- and, frankly, drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sights all over, where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times. We haven't seen anything like this, the carnage all over the world."
After Trump finished spewing his deflection filled word garbage Clinton played into him claiming as she has so many times before that Trump is unfit for the office of President.
From there it was a back and forth mudslinging contest with Trump doing most of the slinging. At one point Clinton tried to rise above the fray after Trump had tried accusing her husband of being a rapist and her for abusing his victims. She responded by saying...
"When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what my friend, Michelle Obama, advised us all: When they go low, you go high."
But the attacks kept coming. Trump called Clinton a litany of derogatory names referring to her as: "the Devil", having "hate in her heart" and "liar" who "should be ashamed of herself". At one point he even threatened to send her to prison saying...
"If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception. There has never been anything like it, and we're going to have a special prosecutor."
When Clinton replied that why it was "good that someone with the temperament" was not in charge of the law in our country Trump coldly replied "Because you'd be in jail".
Not only was Trump verbally abusive he tried to physically intimidate Mrs. Clinton. He constantly got into her personal space, stalked, grimaced and paced back and forth. When he finally stopped he made it a point to stand directly right behind Clinton as she answered questions from the audience or moderators. It was unnerving and menacing. The fact that Clinton kept her cool and was not thrown off her game says a lot. A lesser individual wouldn't have been blamed for telling Trump to sit his ass down and stop creeping them out.
And then there were the lies. Oh so many lies. Every time Trump spoke he couldn't help but lie!!!! At one point when given a chance to rebut one of Trump's apocryphal claims Hillary Clinton instead said...
"I told people that it would be impossible to be fact-checking Donald all the time. I'd never get to talk about anything I want to do and how we're going to really make lives better for people.So, once again, go to HillaryClinton.com. We have literally Trump -- you can fact check him in real time"
The debate was excruciating to watch and it felt as though a shower was needed after it's merciful conclusion.
The scientific polling showed that after all the hits she took from Trump's full on assault of her character and that of her husband's showed Clinton to be the clear victor. A YouGov.com poll showed her winning 47% to 42% and a CNN/ORC poll showed her winning with an even larger margin 57% to Trump's 34%.
If you are a fan of excruciating painfully awkward hate filled question and answer sessions here is the whole mess for your viewing pleasure...
I honestly believe that there may very well not be a third debate. Whether it stems from the horror that was this debacle and no one wanting to see this farce continued or from some other bombshell release awaits to be seen.