Spontaneous #DebateNight Reaction

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Liveblogging the biggest debate in history.

Before that, you should read my proposed closing remarks for Donald Trump. Someone told me on twitter that there will be no closing remarks. So maybe Mr. Trump will use my prompts for his opening statement.

To make this more fun, you can grade my prediction accuracy at the end of the post.


Also published on Medium.

William Hennessy September 26, 201610:27 pm

Last note: Trump did a great job of building anticipation for 2nd debate. He had numerous opportunities to destroy her, and he pulled his punches.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:34 pm

Has Holt challenged Hillary anything she’s said? No. He’s in the tank. Does Clinton pay him?

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:33 pm

Lester Holt is obviously on Hillary’s team. What a crook.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:31 pm

Hillary’s the reason America gets walked on. Everybody knows she sells influence for cash. She’s a a grifter.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:25 pm

On strategy, both candidates would do well to keep their responses very short. The longer they talk, the more time their opponent has to develop a response. Plus, each additional word they say provides an additional opening. Be brief. Applies to both parties in this case.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:23 pm

Hillary continues blaming Bush for everything.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:21 pm

Trump’s chronology on Iraq is exactly correct.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:21 pm

Lester Holt is a lying hack. Horrible destruction of his career.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:20 pm

Lester Holt decided to take sides

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:19 pm

NATO was never an anti-terrorism organization. It actively avoided involvement in anti-terrorism efforts. Until Trump mentioned it.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:18 pm

Trump has been absolutely right on NATO all along. He should get credit for that from all sides.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:17 pm

Only 12 minute left. I’m not sure I can deal with 12 more minutes of Hillary’s screechy lies.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:16 pm

Hillary’s rambling.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:15 pm

Clinton is blaming Bush? WTF? I thought she did debate prep.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:15 pm

She’s lying like a rug

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:15 pm

Hillary Clinton is lying loud right now. What a liar. Horrible woman. Horrible.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:14 pm

At the same time, Trump needs to smack the softballs over the fence. She’s left herself open on several occasions and Trump didn’t smack. He can do it with humor.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:13 pm

Hillary’s answers are wildly rambling and incoherent. She’s struggling to get to her prepared one-liners. She’d suck at improv.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:08 pm

If you’re worried about cyber security, don’t run an email server out of your basement. BOOM

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:04 pm

The birther lie — begun by Hillary’s surrogates…

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:02 pm

People are negatively reacting to Hillary’s smarmy expression. (I won’t use the words they’re using.) And they’re not all Republicans.

William Hennessy September 26, 20169:01 pm

I want to get on to defeating ISIS

I want to get on to jobs
I want to get on to . . .
Great, great line
William Hennessy September 26, 20169:00 pm

After 35 years in public life, Hillary needed two months to prepare for presidency. Donald Trump after zero years in public life, is more prepared to take office tomorrow.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:58 pm

African American economic position is a disaster, and it’s gotten worse under Obama. That’s undeniable.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:54 pm

Hillary just called herself a racist.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:54 pm

Prohibit any government from collecting fines. What would happen?

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:53 pm

The government has a profit motive in making as many things illegal as possible.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:52 pm

Murders increase more in the last year than at any time in the last quarter century

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:51 pm

Hillary Clinton is about destroy her campaign.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:50 pm

Yes, the relationships between police and community must improve in many cities. Because the people getting hurt are the poorest and most in need.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:46 pm

Guest Blogger: It’s hard to stay objective….I just can’t shake the feeling that Hillary is HEAVILY MEDICATED…..OMG it’s like watching that one horrible teacher in high school that just droned on and on and on and looked like they were going to just slump over and die (and you just kind of hoped…..nah, jk jk)……

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:44 pm

Will Hillary trash cops?

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:44 pm

Moving on America’s Hideous Direction.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:43 pm

Donald Trump has a history of finishing HUGE project early and under budget. That’s undeniable.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:41 pm

GM went bankrupt while Obama owned it.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:41 pm
Here’s the answer Trump needs to give:


While my opponent’s wealth skyrocketed from zero to hundreds of millions of dollars by pedling influence, largely to foreign governments and mega banks, the lives of ordinary Americans declined by almost every measure. You might remember that her husband once talked about the people who “work hard and play by the rules.” Well, those rules changed, and no one told you. Those rules changed to give unfair advantage to their well-connect cronies who hover over Washington like buzzards, waiting for one of your tax dollars to drop.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:38 pm

Hillary Clinton sold more influence than Trump has debt. Weak argument.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:37 pm

If Hillary were ever to get near the White House, would Bill Clinton run a prostitution ring out of the Lincoln Bedroom?

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:36 pm

Federal taxes don’t go to schools, Hillary. You should have done your homework.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:34 pm

Hillary’s going to deliver a scripted one-liner here.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:34 pm

Trump draws first spontaneous cheers from audience.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:31 pm

Janet Yellen is absolutely doing political things with interest rates. Rates must normalize, but the markets are completely unprepared to deal with true value.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:30 pm

Hillary says corporations want a tax increase? They are allowed to pay all the taxes they want.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:29 pm

How can she not see a reduction in corporate tax rates in Trump’s proposals? That’s the centerpiece.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:28 pm

“Why not?”

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:25 pm

Raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations will kill job creation.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:25 pm

It’s difficult even to implement a simple incentive program because of insane regulations.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:24 pm

Everybody knows that regulation is strangling American business.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:23 pm

Hillary refuses to say TPP is President Obama’s fault

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:22 pm

“I was against it after I was for it”

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:17 pm

Hillary Clinton promised to bring 200,000 jobs to upstate New York when she ran for Senate. Instead, the region lost jobs. She is utterly unqualified to comment on job creation or economics.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:16 pm

Hillary Clinton mentioning Wall Street is like Richard Nixon mentioning tape recorders.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:15 pm

We owe $20 trillion. We can do it anymore. This is a great blending of a populist issue with a Tea Party issue.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:13 pm

Trump reframes beautifully. “China is the best ever” at devaluing currencies. Nice.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:12 pm

Hillary made $300,000,000 selling influence to foreign interests. Donald Trump built buildings people love.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:11 pm

Awesome answer. Cut corporate taxes. Invokes Reagan. “Companies will. They will build. They will expand.” “Stop these countries from stealing our jobs.”

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:09 pm

Trump begins by actually answering the question Lester Holt asked. Sticks with the themes that him here. Has to hit corporate tax rate which is the highest in the industrialized world.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:08 pm

Here we go. Raising the minimum wage will hurt the least-skilled workers the most. That’s no longer a debatable point.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:06 pm

Hillary begins by not answering the question.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:06 pm

No opening statements. Weird.

William Hennessy September 26, 20168:02 pm

I realize my liveblog tool is putting an annoying overlay in the header of each post. Sorry. This was a last-minute thing.

William Hennessy September 26, 20167:51 pm

10 minute warning. Which candidate is more nervous at this point? We know which is more medicated.

William Hennessy September 26, 20167:46 pm

15 minutes to go. Get your popcorn ready. Grab a drink. Buckle in.