It wasn’t a debate, but the Commander-in-Chief forum Wednesday night was the first glance at what we have in store in the upcoming weeks — and let me just say that I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming debates. Not only did Hillary Clinton look well-prepared and very presidential, but Donald Trump’s performance was an absolute disaster.
When Clinton was asked a question, she offered detailed, precise and thought out responses to questions that weren’t easy. Not only was she grilled about her emails and her vote on Iraq, but she was asked about issues with the VA and how she plans to stabilize the Middle East. While I wouldn’t say she was flawless (it’s difficult to do that in a 30 minute window answering complex questions), she still presented herself as someone who knows what she’s talking about and is ready to lead.
Then there was Trump — wow. Not only did he advocate for war crimes by saying that a part of his Middle Eastern strategy would be to “take the oil” of a sovereign nation, but he essentially admitted that he didn’t have a plan for ISIS when he said, “When I have a plan” — suggesting he doesn’t yet have one — when Matt Lauer pressed him on his plan to defeat the world’s largest terrorist organization.
Furthermore, he offered next to nothing as far as specifics go when he was asked questions.
Both candidates were asked to talk about their specific plans, attempting to avoid attacking their opponent — yet the vast majority of Trump’s answers were nothing more than the usual attacks against President Obama and Clinton rather than offering any substantive answers to any of the questions he was asked.
One of the most embarrassing moments for Trump came when Lauer asked him if he really believed he knew more about ISIS than “the generals” (something he claimed earlier in his campaign), and he essentially talked down about our current military leaders, clearly implying he knew more than they did.
Another absurd couple of moments for Trump came when he not only tried to claim he opposed the Iraq War from the beginning (he didn’t) and he said that Clinton’s decision to go into Libya was a disaster — even though he’s on video saying we needed to remove Gaddafi.
Not only did Donald Trump avoid directly answering basically every question he was asked, but the pathetic answers he did give were vague, filled with empty talking points and proved that he’s absolutely unqualified and unfit to be this country’s president.
If what I saw tonight is a sample of what we will see in a couple of weeks during the first presidential debate, I am more excited than ever — because Hillary Clinton is going to absolutely destroy him.