It was arguably the biggest night of Donald Trump’s life so far, more important than the day he announced he was running for president. Trump was scheduled to debate Hillary Clinton for the second time, just days after the release of an explosive tape, and with his first mediocre debate performance still fresh in many minds.
Millions of Americans watched on the edge of their seats Sunday night as the two candidates took to the stage in St. Louis. The only question on their minds: Who would win?
Matthew Boyle delivers a verdict at Breitbart:
Several key exchanges in the debate proved Trump to be the better candidate on Sunday night, the most important of which was when Trump forced out on his own with no help from moderators CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: when Trump said he would appoint a special and independent prosecutor to investigate the Clinton email scandal.
“It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” [Clinton] added.
In response, Trump fired back his most aggressive and bold comeback all year: “Because you’d be in jail.”
Boyle notes that the moderators interrupted Trump over twice as often as they interrupted Clinton. While not as extreme as the ratio recorded during the first debate, this still displays an obvious bias against Trump, even if it is only subconscious on the moderators’ part (which is unlikely.)
He concludes his extensive recap and analysis by noting that Trump is at his best “with his back against the wall”:
But not only did Trump survive; he thrived. In the chaotic environment—as he described it as “one on three,” with the moderators working to help Clinton far more than to help him—Trump found his groove again and soared to a much-needed debate victory. The win not only stops the bleeding from a rough patch of the campaign, but propels him forward into the week like a cannonball onto the homestretch, with one final debate to go in Las Vegas a week from Wednesday.
Americans love an underdog—and a comeback. Hillary’s fans were in denial the next day, and a CNN (Clinton News Network) poll showed her the clear winner. But the vast majority of Trump’s base (and possibly a few undecideds) were re-energized after Sunday night. It was a much-needed win and Trump delivered.