Of all the three debates this was the most civilized, thanks to host Chris Wallace who kept the candidates on tasks and on time. In fact when it was over both candidates shook his hand and seemed genuinely happy with how he handled things.But what was even more telling is that they never shook one another’s hands at the end of the debate.
When they both came to the stage there was no handshaking and no smiling at or acknowledging one another. Hillary was dressed in an elegant well fitted high collared off white pant suit while Trump represented his party in a wore a “Republican Red” tie.
They both looked serious and in essence wore the same tight lipped expression as you can see above.As Hillary listened to the first question, her head nodded and you could see her swallowing hard. However she only did this at the beginning of the debate as you did not see this ( with the exception of a bit of head nodding) throughout the rest of the debate.
When she spoke, Trump gave her looks of disdain as she attacked him and said things about him he deemed false.
In contrast, when Trump attacked her and called her on her issues like the 33 thousand emails, she a. looked down.
b. She looked more serious than we have ever seen her while, Trump wore a scowl throughout the debate and squinted his eyes in anger.
Or c. She smiles whenever she felt uncomfortable. When she said something Trump deemed untrue or said something Trump vehemently disagreed with, he interrupted and said “wrong”.
Overall in terms of her speech she was less robotic than we have ever heard her. She was less rehearsed and more dynamic and fluid than we have seen her in the previous two two debates.
There was a huge smile on Hillary’s face when Chris Wallace finally changed the subject to speak of the economy Smiles when they changed the subject to Economy.
There was also a smugness in her facial language when Trump spoke as she often raised her head and tightened her jaw.
When Chris Wallace brought up a question that Trump no doubt wanted posed to Hillary, he raised his head and was sohappy with the question question that he interjected ” interjected “Correct” after Walale asked the question. Wallace responded by saying ” thank you”. This was the first time we have seen Trump feel that he was getting a fair shake in terms of the moderator;s questioning and was happy with the questions which were asked.
When discussing the topic of economics , Trump of course was his fluid and confident self as that is where his strength lies . However Hillary held her own in terms of her body language and in terms of how she presented her point of view. She is more real than she has ever been before. She was less rote and more passionate than we have ever seen her ever before. She also gave some zings to Trump about giving jobs to Chinese Steel workers in terms of his Vegas Trump Tower, which he took. Surprisingly he didn’t defend himself on this point.
When Trump struck back, he looked directly at Hillary and asked her where the 6 billion dollars were that were missing? She looks down in embarrassment and does not look directly at him or respond to this. She also shows tightness around her jaw which shows her discomfort.
Then after Hillary espouses her achievements in her rote rhetoric which we have all heard before, Trump throws in a singer and says ” let’s talk about her about her real record in Syria and ISIS.” In discomfort, she gives a very tense, and nervous tight jawed smile as you c n see above.
Again we see Hillary look down as Trump discusses the 33 thousand emails.
When she returns some zings he seems to stake it and stand tall and looks straight ahead. Unlike Hillary, he doesn’t look down.
When she speaks of the Clinton Foundation she once again gives her rote memorized script but when it was Trump’s turn to speak he brings up “Pay for Play” in the Clinton Foundation and gives it right back to Hillary.
Trump was uncomfortable during this debate and cotton -mouthed (dry mouthed) as he took around three sips of water during the 9o minute debate. He also began to sweat and we saw him wiping the sweat off of his upper lip- something we never saw him do before.
In discussing Trumps thinking that everything is rigged from his losing in some primary states to his thinking the Emmy’s were rigged ( which he interjected that they were) to feeling that the election is rigged , he seemed to take it and didn’t flinch. As she discussed this we have never seen Hillary more of her usual mechanical script. She was more passionate More passionate and more real than we have ever seen her before.
Hillary did not look too pleased when Trump said Bernie Sanders said she had bad judgements and Posdesta said she had bad instincts as she shot him an ice old glare.
There was no doubt that this debate was taking it’s toll on Trump as even though he left no stone unturned and attacked Hillary and her record and her points whenever he could , he was sweating more than we have ever seen him do in the past. In fact, he not only wipes the persperation off his upper lip, he also wiped it from under his chin.
When he lays it into Hillary about Syria, something she is no downt sensitive about, she smiles her uncomfortable tense and non genuine smile as she looks down.
Trump goes on with angry furrowed brow to say how she has been outplayed by Russia.
We then see Hillary’s head nod resurface as she is listening to a question being asked.
In Trump’s final interruption when Hillary spoke, he made it very personal as he sauid “What a nasty woman.” What he may not have realized is that this statement he made about her may have been an unintentional a compliment in disguise as being a “nasty woman” on the world scene may have it’s advantages.
When asked to make a last minute statement about what she would do as President, we have never seen Hillary more passionate, more articulate, more dynamic,and more fluid in her speech and in her body language.We did not hear the rehearsed and robotic Hillary we have come to deared in the past. She sounded more sincere and open as she looked straight ahead, directly into the camera as she spoke to the viewers. Her last statement was very gracious and humble as she in essence said that she hoped that the voters would allow her to represent them.
Surprisingly,Trump did not take advantage of all of his years as a media personality and did not seem as media savvy as we know he is, as he did not look directly into the camera as he addressed Americans as to why he should be president.Although he made occasional glimpses towards the front of the camera, he mostly looked off to the side as you can see here. Although he spoke with sincerity and seemed real and genuine in what he said, the message wasn’t as powerful because he lost his on-camera presence by not facing the camera and talking directly to the people.
At the end, when Chris Wallace was thanking the two, Trump looked serious, while Hillary smiled. But this time her smile was not out of nervousness. It was a genuine smile.
The first one to leave the podium was Hillary as she confidently reached out to give Chris Wallace a handshake.
Trump took his time detaching from the microphones and finally wandered over to Wallace and told him that he did a great job ( which I garnered from lipreading what he said).
Trup’s family then gathered on stage while Hillary went down into the audience to mingle. In lip reading what he said, Trump asked his family members if he did a good job. the only one he kissed was Tiffany. Even though Milania was the first on the stage, he did not greet her with a kiss. To me that said a lot.
Perhaps he was mad at her for saying in her Anderson Cooper interview that she feels like she had two boys at home- her son and Donald. Perhaps Donald didn’t like how she handled the scandal by not defending him more passionately and more forcefully. At any rate, this was not a good sign in light of th fact that one of the biggest negatives about Trump is his treatment of women. It seems that he needed to show more affection towards her and vice versa. Trump did not look happy on th sathe and his body language showed tension.
He also showed that tension when he went down from the stage and into the audience. His face looked tense and his shoulders were more rounded than usual. He was not smiling.
This was in contrast to Hillary, who was all smiles and made direct eye contact with many in the crowd.
In summary, this was the best debate of all three because it was not as nasty as the others. You really heard what each candidate would do from their own mouths. Even though they gave one another zingers, they “gave as good as they got” so to speak. They responded appropriately and passionately and each made some good points.
Those that love Trump will think that he won the debate and those that love Hillary will think that she won the debate.
From a body language point of view, I think Hillary shone through a lot more as she was more in control yet more passionate, more real and more connected than we have ever seen her before. While she did smile when she was nervous, it was not excessive and her body language corresponded with what she was saying. Trump was a bit nervous, perspired more than usual, and interrupted as he did in the previous debates. However, he too was passionate, real, connected and equally got his message across.