HOUSTON, OCTOBER 19, 2016 — Her luck finally ran out in Las Vegas. In Sin City, Hillary Clinton had no answers for her sins. In the third and final presidential debate of the 2016 general election campaign, Donald Trump crushed Hillary Clinton. Clinton clearly won the first debate, but lost the second and third debates just as decisively.
The liberal media was in full meltdown mode after the debate, focusing on everything but Clinton’s angry, defensive performance.
CNN and MSNBC obsessed over Trump refusing to say he would accept the election results. Al Gore’s former campaign manager Donna Brazile, without a trace of irony, blasted Trump. Gore and Brazile led the charge in 2000 to delegitimize the 2000 election results through George W. Bush’s two terms. Brazile is currently under fire for leaking debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance. Her response was to blast James O’Keefe, the journalist who exposed her, as a “convicted felon.”
The charge is false (O’Keefe pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor a few years back, a lesser penalty than Bill Clinton did when he surrendered his law license). Brazile also glossed over the fact that it was not Trump supporters who recently firebombed North Carolina GOP headquarters.
The second manufactured outrage came when Trump used the slang term “hombres.” To call people “tough hombres” is a compliment, not a slur.
The substance of the debate saw Clinton get crushed. Two things worked against her. In the last debate she was rattled by the appearance of Bill Clinton’s alleged sexual assault victims.
In this debate, he invited Pat Smith, the mother of one of the four Benghazi victims.
Clinton’s other problem came from moderator Chris Wallace. While Wallace is suspected of being liberal, the Fox News Sunday host values his journalistic integrity the way the late Tim Russert (also liberal) did. Wallace was ultra-professional, asking serious questions that mattered. He let the candidates spar without losing control of the debate.
Without a friendly moderator to tag team Trump, Clinton had to defend herself by herself. She failed.
Clinton was clearly rocked when Wallace brought up the corruption at the Clinton Global Foundation. Even Trump admitted it was a “good question.” Wallace even used the words “pay for play.”
Clinton had no answer when Wallace mentioned the O’Keefe videos clearly showing Democrats planning violence at Trump rallies.
When the discussion turned to Syrian refugees and illegal immigration, Clinton rambled about some four-year-old child who was crying. Everything Clinton does is “for the children,” but Trump properly noted that her four decades in public office featured more rhetoric than results.
Trump successfully parried the accusations from various women, noting that most of those stories had already been debunked. A Wikileaks email revealed that feminist attorney Gloria Allred planned this coordinated attack on Trump back in May.
On abortion, Trump successfully turned the tables by shifting the terrain. When Clinton tried to play the abortion card, Trump accused her of supporting partial birth abortion, even the day before the baby is born.
A majority of Americans, even many who are pro-choice, disagree with partial-birth abortion.
The biggest case of Clinton being a deer in the headlights came back to her Foundation. Trump noted that the Foundation accepted money from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Those two nations throw gays off of buildings and physically beat women.
Would Hillary return money back to those two nations as Rudy Giuliani did after 9/11 when he refused blood money from Saudi Arabia? Clinton refused to answer, but her critics had new ammunition against her. She cares less about dead gays than dead presidents.
The biggest reason Trump won the debate was the same reason he lost the first debate. This time, as in the second debate, Trump spoke in a calm voice. Gone was Clinton’s laughter. She had an angry look on her face. Frankly, she was a sourpuss. Trump dissected her, but without yelling.
A Frank Luntz focus group declared Trump the winner of the third debate, as they had done after the second debate.
With the election only three weeks away, Trump picked a great night to have a great night.
As for Clinton, her water carriers will continue doing so. With no more debates, the candidates will now take their cases straight to the voters.