Deal Hudson earlier this week claimed Donald Trump won his first debate with Hillary Clinton. He said he won because he didn’t self-destruct.
We must have been watching two different debates. I think Donald Trump won the first 20 minutes of the debate, but unfortunately for him and his supporters, it was a 90 minute debate.
He was unprepared. He missed opportunities. He at times didn’t even make any sense.
Now, I disagree with Hillary Clinton on policy, but she was poised and prepared. You don’t wing debates, especially if you are a political novice. He was able to get away with this in the primaries with several people on stage, but he can’t in one-on-one debates.
His supporters have said he “won the polls,” but they are referring to online polls that are nothing more than fan polls that can be easily manipulated.
I like to live in this little thing called reality. Scientific polls paint a different picture about the public’s view of Trump’s debate performance:
- CNN/ORC: 62 percent though Clinton won, only 27 percent thought Trump won.
- Politico/Morning Consult: 49 percent thought Clinton won, 26 percent thought Trump won.
- Public Policy Polling: 51 percent though Clinton won, 40 percent thought Trump won.
- Echelon Insights: 48 percent thought Clinton won, only 22 percent thought Trump won.
- YouGov has Clinton winning that poll by 27 points.