When they entered the stage, both candidates were stiff with arms at their sides and kept their distance . There was no smiling or handshaking.There was a great deal of tension between them and no love lost at the beginning of the debate as neither looked at one another.
In general Donald Trump was more verbally accessible and easier to listen to as Hillary seemed to be speaking in rehearsed rhetoric. She gestured mechanically and used many phony gestures like the three finger pinch.
Hillary came out swinging by saying Trump would not be a good President. He said the same thing about her towards the middle of the debate as he said she had poor judgement and didn’t make the changes she said she was going to make in 30 years as a politician.
Hillary sounded rehearsed and her gestures were contrived while Trump was more natural and spontaneous.
When Hillary was uncomfortable, attacked, or busted she smiled. When Trump was angry he sniffed as he breathed heavily through his nose.
Everything was laid out on the table by the moderators, the audience members, and the candidates themselves. No subject was left untouched. The most embarrassing aspects of their lives were addressed. Both met the challenges head on and didn’t shy away from it.
When Hillary apologized and said the server and emails were a mistake, it sounded like rehearsed rhetoric and did not appear as sincere.Trump did show humility in his body language as his shoulders were rounded and his tones were softer when apologizing and said he was embarrassed for what he said in the released video and what he said about women.
They were both pressed to say something nice about one another as Trump cringed and Hillary laughed.
Below is a step by step account of the debate in terms of what was said verbally and through both candidate’s body language and facial language.
When Trump first arrived he looked very serious and humbled as his shoulders were more rounded than we have seen him as he was not standing as erect as he usually does.
Hillary had more erect posture as Chelsea walked up the stairs with her. Hillary held Chelsea around her waist while Chelsea held her mother around her shoulder as they walked up the stairs in tandem with Bill following behind.
All the women who accused Clinton of sexual impropriety were in the audience looking somber.
As Melania and Bill shook hand they were both stiff and their handshake spoke volumes as they kept an arms length distance between one another. Their body language indicated the tension taking place between the two sides.
The Clinton camp was stoic with Bill looking on with his mouth agape as Chelsea and her husband anxiously awaited the debate. Chelsea knew the importance of this debate and her fidgeting with her collar may have been an indication of her nervousness.
In the Trump camp, they too knew there was a lot riding on this debate and remained stoic and expressionless.
Also stoic were the non smiling Trump sons Eric and Donnie.
When Trump and Clinton first appeared on the stage you could feel the tension between them. They both stood stiff at their hands at their sides. There was no handshake and clearly no love lost between them.
During the first question Hillary had poor eye contact and went round and around with regard to being a role model. It was rehearsed rhetoric that did not make for a good initial connection with her.
Trump on the other hand , looked directly at the questioner, at the audience, and at the camera as he spoke directly to the people. So he initially came across a being more genuine in terms of his delivery.
But neither answered the specific question asked. Trump addressed his apology and said ” I hate it.” when he discussed his bad language. Then he changed the subject and said ” I will knock the hell out of ISIS” and compared what he said to ISIS . He also said that nobody was more embarrassed by what occurred than him. He showed genuine remorse in terms of his body language and the tone of his voice revealed that he seemed humbled. He then changed the subject and said that he would not only make America great again, but wealthy again.
Then it was Hillary’ turn and she started with the first attack. In going on the offensive as she did in the first debate she said she never questioned an opponent’s fitness to serve and said that “this is who Trump is” as he described how he alienated immigrants, those with disabilities, Latinos, muslims and POW’s and even questioned the birthplace of the President Obama. She said how he needed to apologize to them. Then she said “that is not who we are”as we celebrate our diversity and adds that this is the America that “I know and love. ” As she was saying this Trump was cringing. He turned red as you can see in the above photo. His jaw was tense and his lips were in a tight frown. He was doing all he could to contain himself as he looked as though he was about to explode.
Then it was his turn. Instead of getting explosive he kept a calm demeanor and said “Those are just words . She failed the inner cities and was a disaster in every way possible. “He said she has not helped Hispanics or Help Hispanics and that it is four years later and has done a terrible job as she does nothing.
But then Trump really came out with both barrels so to speak as he hit her with whom he thought Hillary needed to apologize. He mentioned Cathy Shelton who was raped at 12 and how Hillary laughed at her. He brought up Bill and how his actions were the worst in political history in terms of how he abused women and attacked them viciously.He spoke spoke of how Bill was impeached, lost his law license, and paid $850,000 to Paula Jones.
As he brings this up about Bill, Hillary smiles, like she did during the first debate when attacked. Then Hillary speaks for Trump and says that he Never apologizes for anyone and how he insulted Mr. and Mrs. Kahn and Captain Kahn and attacked the them over their religion and insulted a Federal judge of Mexican heritage .
As she said this, you see Trump with his arms crossed over his abdominal area indicating that he is feeling vulnerable.
Then Trump hits back at Hillary even harder as he said “You owe the President an apology your friend Sidney Blumenthal sending the photos ( of Obama dressed in Islamic garb) around long before I was I involved.” Then he tells her that even though she has brought up her friend Michelle Obama in reference to when they go low she goes high”, he told her to go see the vicious commercial where her “friend” Michelle is talking about her. He even told her how she “lost to Obama fair and square” but that was not the case with Bernie Sanders. Then he goes on to say what Debra Wasserman Schultz did and next goes on to tell her she should be apologizing for the 33,000 emails she acid washed.
As he says these things, he says it right to her face. This makes Hillary feel very uncomfortable as she smiles . He then tells her point blank that she should be ashamed of herself.
As Hillary tries to defend herself after being busted by Trump, she looks down and talks around the issue in circles. She tries to change the subject and talks about fact checking.
Then Trump looks at her and tells her that she should be in jail. The audience went wild and reacted with a resounding YAY.
As Trump tells her she belongs in jail and that if he is President he will put forth a special commission to investigate her, she smiles. a smug smile as you can see above.
Hillary then looks down and says that what she did was a mistake and says the rehearsed rhetoric we have all heard before that she wouldn’t do it again. She continued to use rehearsed rhetoric and talk in circles. She appeared too defensive when she spoke as was indicated by her tone. She tries to assure everyone that an investigation showed that her emails were not compromised.
And Trump then lets her have it by saying “And yet she didn’t know the letter c ( referring to indication that it was confidential). He then accuses her of lying as asks her if it is fine that she erased 33,00 emails.
Hillary’s response is to smile and laugh as Trump hammers home the point that she deleted 33,000 emails after a subpoena was given to her yet she thinks she has done nothing wrong.
Hillary tries to get off answering, but Trump lets her have it by saying that she just wants to leave the topic and not answer.
Trump also called Anderson Cooper to task by not asking Hillary about the emails.
Then when the Affordable Health Care question came up Hillary uses a phony gesture with her thumb pinching her index and pointer finger. While she often uses this phony gesture during campaign speeches , to use it when she is supposed to be addressing a person who asked the the question, indicates that it is as rehearsed as she recited the rhetoric she spewed forth about the Affordable Health Act.
When Trump spoke of Obamacare, he spoke directly to the audience and looked at them as he said he would get rid of it. His delivery was more real an intimate. Unlike Hillary, it appeared as though he was speaking directly to you.
Then Anderson Cooper said that Bill Clinton said that the Affordable Health Care Act was was a big mistake. Once again as Hillary is busted, so she smiles and then goes on and on with rehearsed rhetoric that does not sound genuine.
It’s Trump’s turn and he says in regard to Hillary that “Everything is broken” and how Bernie Sanders said she had bad judgement and this is more of it as person who wrote it said it was a fraud. Hillary continues to smile.
Now Trump is asked a question about Muslims and Islamophobia. There is no political correctness here as he says “Whether we like it or not it does exist.” He says that Muslim Americans have to report problems when they see something. As he says this we can hear his anger as he audibly breathes through his nose when discussing this. He cites Orlando San Bernadino and Paris and accuses Obama and Hillary of refusing to say the name Radical Islamic Terrorism. As Trump speaks, Hillary looks directly at Trump with interest as her hands are clasped together.
Then for effect, she gets real close to the Muslim woman who asked the question. She actually says the same thing Trump says by telling that she wants Muslim Americans to become part of our eyes and ears.
Then Trump brings up Captain Kahan who Hillary brought up earlier and said that he would be alive if he was President as “unlike her I wouldn’t have had our people in Iraq He also said he would ban Muslims by extreme vetting and not have the Hillary Clinton 550 percent increase coming into our country when we don’t know who they are and know nothing about them. There was a great deal of passion and emotion in Trump’s voice as he said this.
Hillary then smiles and in her rehearsed rhetoric about the war in Iraq while Trump cringes in the background.
When it is his turn he says how he was against the war in Iraq. He said he does not want criminal illegal aliens in this country but that Hillary thinks it’s OK and you can’t force them to return to their countries of origin . Then he says he is going to force them back into their country. He then goes on to say how this reflects Hillary’s bad judgement.
Trump lets it be known that ICE, and 16,000 Boarder Patrols endorsed him and how she has such bad judgement. Then he returns the zing she gave him in the beginning of the debate by stating he should never be President. He emphatically says she should never be President of the United States. And she smiles a phony smile throughout this.
When asked about being two-faced, Hillary invokes Lincoln instead of answering the question directly about herself. Once again, it was clearly rehearsed rhetoric and sounded phony. But as she spoke about being two faced her body language gave away her true feelings as she shook her head “yes.” So in essence, her body was saying that it was OK to be two-faced.As she says Russians are hacking information she uses that phony gesture . Then she talks about Trumps Tax returns which could reveal that he may have dealings with Russia.
Trump retaliates by telling her she is so ridiculous and she got caught in a lie and is blaming the lie on the late great Abe Lincoln . This caused the audience to erupt in laughter.
Trump also assured the audience that he didn’t have any business with Russia and that Hillary ‘s friends Warren Buffett and George Soros who gave her money for her campaign benefitted from this tax advantage. He also said she had 30 years to change it but hasn’t because her friends who give her money don’t want the law changed.
When it;s Hillary’s turn to speak once again you hear the rehearsed rhetoric that makes you want to tune out. Her eyes are wide.
Trump says that she is all talk and no action and harps on her bad jusgement in
Libya, Syria Iran and that is why ISIS formed. Then he looks right at her and sarcastically says ” Congratulations great job!”
When Trump asks her directly “Why didn’t you do something? ” You see her gesture with her palm down as if to tell Trump to stop.
Hillary then goes on to recite her bio of her 30 years of experience years lip licking nervously .
As she describes her experience, it is in that rote rehearsed vocal drone that makes one want to tune out.
Then Trump comes out strong as he says Obama tried the line in sand and talks tough against Russia. As Trump discusses ISIS having the oil and everything that Obama has done has been a mistake and a disaster, he becomes very angry and he sniffs through his nose. He then point blank tells Hillary “You don’t know who the rebels are.”
He says how Russia, Iran and Syria are killing , he said how we need to knock out ISIS . When Trump speaks he does it in a way that you seem to easily understand what the situation is all about. He also speaks in a manner that sounds as though he is personally speaking to you.
When Hillary is busted about ISIS and Syria, she pulls her nose as you can see above,which shows she is busted and doesn’t have a strong answer to Trump’s statements. She does say that more planning has to take place with regard to ISIS and that she would go after Baghdadi.
Trump brings up Hillary’s statement of the Deplorables and irredeemables. He says how he would turn inner cities around and the economy and bring bring jobs and get rid of NAFTA.
He talks directly to Hillary as he says that she didn’t do anything for the inner cities the whole time she has been in office. He also mentions other issues as he attacks her. She is feeling very vulnerable. As he says this as you can see that she has put her hands over her private parts.
Once again Hillary smiles when she is attacked goes on with her rehearsed sounding rhetoric. She talks about letters she gets and shared a story about an Ethiopian boy who asked his mother if Trump gets elected will he send him to Ethiopia.
Trump purses his lips and shakes his head “no” as to indicate how ridiculous he thinks this is. She also says that bullying is up because of Trump.
Then Trump says that we have a divided nation and an increase in murder. He also brings up how he was proud of his tweeting at 3 AM. He mentions that Ambassador Stevens sent 600 requests for help that went unanswered.
Trump then says that he wants a Supreme Court Judge who is in the model of Justice Scalia and one who respects the Second Amendment, while Hillary said she wanted a judge who was in favor of Roe vs Wade.
Trump also did something unconventional by telling Hillary that she made 250 Million dollars since she has been in office and why not put 10 or 20 million of her own money into her campan like he is doing. Hillary didn’t respond to this.
When Trump spoke, he spoke in a staccato tone to emphasize his points.
Trump shook head “no” when Hillary spoke at the end and turned her back on her. Hillary also kept advertising her website hillaryclinton.com several times during the debate, something Trump didn’t do.
When asked by an audience member to say good things about the other, Trump tightened his jaw and cringed as you could see in his body language.
Hillary said he respected his children but they didn’t seem to enthused by what she said as they all had serious looks on their faces.
Trump said Hillary was a fighter and doesn’t quit and that was a good trait that he admired.
At the end of the debate the two just stood there at first but Trump made the first move and reached out his hand first and then patted her on the back.
Once again, this is not a political blog. If it seems that if have treated Trump more favorably in this blog it is because he performed more favorably in this debate with speaking more directly and using more genuine gestures.