Tuesday Might Have Been the Most Embarrassing Day of Donald Trump’s Life

I’ll admit, part of me thought Donald Trump might surprise us all and perform really well during the first presidential debate. However, for the most part, what I saw during the first big test of the general election is exactly what I expected.



Hillary Clinton was poised, confident and showed off the fact that she’s probably one of the most well-rounded, knowledgeable and detailed presidential candidates we’ve ever seen. Meanwhile, Donald Trump was an absolute train wreck in the first debate where he couldn’t hide out in a crowded field of candidates like he could during the GOP’s primary. While he’s been campaigning for over a year, last night was really the first time Trump had to actually prove he’s more than insults, empty talking points and campaign propaganda designed to pander to his supporters — and he performed terribly.

It’s often said that how someone responds to adversity tells you a lot about the character of that person. So, knowing the character (or lack thereof, actually) of Trump, the humiliating day he had on Tuesday was rather fitting.

To start, there was the whining by Trump where he tried to blame a “faulty mic” for his poor performance, which is probably one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Not only was his microphone obviously working perfectly, but that would have had nothing to do with how terrible his demeanor, behavior and responses were. Heck, I’ll even argue he might have been better off had his mic not worked properly, that way people couldn’t have heard all the asinine things he said.

Then he basically avoided any and all media outside of Fox News (shocker), where he complained about Lester Holt, saying that the NBC moderator (and Republican, by the way) asked him “hostile” and “unfair” questions. Now, I’d say this is “shocking” — except for the fact that I predicted he’d do exactly that.

Maybe the saddest part of the day came when Trump and his campaign continued to insist that he “won the debate,” citing internet polls as their “proof” — while dismissing the actual scientific polls that unanimously said Clinton clearly defeated him on Monday. He even tried citing an online poll from the Drudge Report. You know, because a hyper-partisan conservative website is really going to provide a quality random sample. If you’re citing online polls (which aren’t scientific or even remotely credible) because the real polls aren’t going in your favor, that’s pathetic.

Then there was the overall backlash from his performance. While Trump, his campaign and his supporters were busy making excuses for him, the truth of the matter was, there were several embarrassing moments for him.

First, the fact that he more or less called himself “smart” after Clinton accused him of possibly not paying any income taxes. Nothing like a presidential candidate essentially bragging about manipulating our tax code to avoid paying his fair share of taxes so the rest of us have to pick up his tab. Can you imagine if Mitt Romney had said that in 2012? That would have been just as damaging to his campaign as his “47%” comment turned out to be.



Then there were his terrible answers for the birther conspiracy he claims to have “ended” recently with his pathetic 27 second comment where he refused to cite what evidence he had been given that changed his mind. It seems like the more he talks about this situation, the worse he makes it for himself. It’s ridiculous to see someone who has numerous examples where he pushed this theory up until just a few months ago claim that the issue was put to rest years ago when he got President Obama to release his birth certificate. It almost might be a valid statement had Trump also not spent the last few years accusing the president of faking that very same birth certificate.

We also can’t forget the heat he took for his answer to Clinton bringing up his housing racial discrimination lawsuit where he never denied that it happened, but seemed to try to make an excuse for himself by claiming that everyone else was doing it, too. Maybe it’s just me, but saying something like “everyone else was doing it” when you’re accused of racial discrimination isn’t, exactly, the best answer for blatant racism.

Trump also made himself look even worse with women when — after denying he had called supermodel Alicia Machado “Miss Housekeeping” — he went on Fox & Friends to complain that she had “gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.” I hear these sorts of comments and it’s still baffling how he’s polling as well as he is. I’ve never seen a candidate get away with saying what he says. We tore apart Romney for his “binders full of women” gaffe in 2012 — but that’s nothing compared to what Trump’s said about females.

And then there’s “snifflegate.”

Look, Trump might have had some sort of cold or allergies. It seemed pretty clear something was wrong or off with him. I felt that was rather ironic considering he’s questioned Clinton’s health and “stamina,” yet he looked to be the one who was having some issues on Monday night.

I’m not going to be one of those people claiming he did cocaine, or sniffed Adderall, or any of that other garbage. But it was one of those things (combined with constantly drinking water) which just added to the overall humiliation of the entire evening and what then transpired on Tuesday.

For the first time throughout his entire campaign, Donald Trump looked incredibly weak. Not only was a lot of this “tough-talking, macho” bravado washed away after Hillary Clinton absolutely owned him during the first debate, but he responded by acting like a cowardly bully who had just gotten knocked flat on their ass by the person to which they thought they were superior.

Tuesday was the first day where I saw the media finally treating Donald Trump like the weaker candidate — even though he’s always been exactly that. All things considered and knowing what’s at stake, it very well could rank as the most embarrassing day of Donald J. Trump’s entire life.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • I am sorry to depart a little from the topic, but I need to vent. A lot has been written about the lack of honesty from the press in covering DT and how they are also responsible for him achieving the nomination. The bar is always lower for him. Fine. Now, one day after the debate, I am watching CBS news with Scott Pelley and the way he introduced the subject of the debate was absolutely shocking. Clearly, he wanted NOT to take sides, but that is pretty much what is wrong with the media – at some point YOU NEED TO TELL IT AS IT IS. Scott says “these are the two most unpopular candidates ever” and a few seconds later says “so, who won the debate?” “that is the eye of the beholder” – I almost had a cardiac arrest right there. EVERY SINGLE ANALYST admitted that Hillary won, but almighty Scott Pelley needs to be “impartial” – give me a freaking break! And no one seems to care about this! It is an outrage that one of the main news organization decides to put this type of spin on the issue. I apologize if this type of comment is not appropriate, feel free to delete it and slap my hand, virtually… 😉

    • Mary Ann Carey

      You know there are some Donald supporters who feel he won. How low does the d*mn bar have to be for Trump. We are talking about someone leading our country. I want someone who knows what they are doing, not someone who blusters and says things without much thought. Hillary did a great job and looked very Presidential. Trump wore a suit (does that make him Presidential) but his constant sniffing drove me crazy. He use to complain about Hillary’s coughing (which she not do even once last night). Maybe he should go to the doctor. Sally BR you are correct in what you said. I pretty much try to stay away from the Republican sites. I would of thought that CBS would be impartial, but I guess I was wrong.

  • Bryn Smith

    Maybe if perhaps Hillary spent her time being home keeping Bill’s needs met instead a playing politics he wouldnt have gotten in trouble (or empeached)and there would be no ISIS to kill us today. If she jus knew her place then wed all be better off and mostly important of all we’d be safely. Her blenders gave us ISIS. Her place was at Bill’s side doing her wifly dutys not trying to rule everything

    • AfterMe_TheDeluge

      You’re being facetious, correct? You’re joking? If you’re not, then what the hell are you talking about? George W. Bush attacking the wrong country is what gave us Daesh (ISIS). And there isn’t a woman on this planet who needs to serve ANY man’s “needs”. WTF is wrong with you?

      • Bryn Smith

        Bush kept us safe. Then the Kenyan came into power. Hillary is the butcher of begazi! They founded ISIS

      • nancycccslp

        Um, I live in NY. Bush did NOT keep us safe. 3000 people dead…and even your God, DT, admits that Obama was born in the USA. Who founded ISIS and how again? My but you DO love your soundbite slogans…

      • Bryn Smith

        Maybe Billy boy shouldve taken out Osoma Bin Lowden instead of getting a BJ and your 30000 dead people would be alive. Again it’s Hillarys failings as a woman to keep her husband satisfied that led to his mischief and 9/11. Their blood is on her. She failed her husband and she failed New York and she failed American

      • nancycccslp

        And BTW IT’S “CHRISTIAN.” I assume you are one, spell it correctly!! Jesus Christ!

      • Bryn Smith

        Go back to your libral college campus you baby killer!

      • nancycccslp

        I taught you how to spell “Christian.” Say thank you.
        Never killed a baby.
        *liberal
        Were you trying to spell “latte?” Aw that’s cute. You wrote “late,” as in “it’s too late to teach you 3rd grade skills.”

      • TheAmazingBeardedLady

        This guy is so obviously a Poe.

      • noah vail

        when one is a total ass and willfully ignorant sound bites is all you have left….and if it weren’t for Faux News he wouldn’t have those…

      • Bryn Smith

        Its spelled Fox you libtard commie!

      • Mary Ann Carey

        How did Trump keep us safe? The Twin Towers came down during Bush and Cheney’s administration. ISIS became a real power player under Bush and Cheney. You have been listening to too many sound bites. More Americans died during Bush’s administration than under Obama’s.

      • Bryn Smith

        Bush is a good Christain man. You dont dare slander his good name! 911 happened because Bill didn’t get Osama Ben Lowden because he was busy chasing tail because Hillary failed as a wife to meet his needs. Bush protected us from Saddam and freed the iraq people.

      • Mary Ann Carey

        Bryn Smith You vote for Trump if you want since that is your right. He admitted to cheating on his first and second wife. I am not slandering his good name, he did that all by himself. Only God knows what is in his heart but I personally would not stake my life on his Christianity. He decided to run as a Republican and since he needs the far right Christian vote he decided he was a Christian. Hillary on the other hand has attended a Methodist church all her life. What church does Donald even go to? I will vote for Hillary and I think Trump is one of the top liars in politics.

      • Bryn Smith

        Your vote will damn your soul.

      • methinks you are wasting your time with Mr.Bryn. I know it’s hard to ignore such incredible amount of BS concentrated in a few words made worse by typos and bad grammar…. but it might keep our blood pressure within the normal range… 😉

    • nancycccslp

      “keeping Bill’s needs met instead A playing politics”
      *of. It’s “of” not “a”
      *impeached
      *most important or *most importantly
      *safe
      *blunders
      *wifely
      *duties
      Did you get past 8th grade? Or were you “homeskooled?”

      Now, as to the message; PLAYING POLITICS? She didn’t sit around with Barbies, she was a Senator, she was the SECRETARY OF STATE. Maybe to you, the word “secretary” means “files papers and makes coffee,” but that’s not actually the job description.
      She knew her place. Her place is indeed in the the House, the White House that is.

      • Bryn Smith

        Dont correct me you vile person

      • nancycccslp

        *don’t

      • noah vail

        hahahaha…rip him a new one, Nancy…

      • Bryn Smith

        Go back to youre college campus you late sipping libtard!

      • nancycccslp

        “late sipping” what does that even mean? My tea has gotten cool?
        And you are still reversing “you’re” and “your.” Since I have been known to teach on a college campus or two, here’s a free lesson in English:
        “You’re” means “You are.” As in “You’re batshit crazy.”
        “Your” is possessive (no, not that you are possessed). It means you own something. As in “Your mental health needs a tune up.”
        Matzel Tov!

      • Bryn Smith

        When the muslims take over with shareea law and you get rapped in the street youll wish you voted Trump!

      • John Huffman

        Your Christian laws are basic Sharia laws, but hard to fault someone who cannot see his own dick

      • Bryn Smith

        When you get beheaded by Muhammid Japppa jooopa something or another dont come crying to me! You know nothing of Christ or my private parts!

      • Bryn Smith

        Im talking about starbucks. You people love paying $10 for a cup of crap.

      • Bryn Smith

        Please go away and take your deviont tendancys with you.

      • John Huffman

        Tendencies, maybe you should try completing 8th grade

      • Bryn Smith

        Go worship your terrorism leader Obama!

    • Mary Ann Carey

      Either what you wrote is satire or you are one of the biggest idiots around. ISIS did not start because Hillary or Bill Clinton. It grew up under the Bush and Cheney administration. If some of the idiots who are backing Trump would do some fact checking maybe they would get it right. How stupid can people get? Never mind I see and hear all the time when I listen to Trump followers.

      • Bryn Smith

        Why has she been fighting ISIS her whole life then? She failed and now America blood is on her hands. Shes the butcher of bengazi!

      • nancycccslp

        Her whole life? 69 years??? ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) began in roughly 1999. It really picked up steam when George Bush went around invading random countries in the Middle East. And as far as Benghazi goes, it might have helped if the security budget wasn’t cut there, by the REPUBLICAN SENATE.

      • Bryn Smith

        Bush didnt go after random contries. He went after iraq that had nuclear weapons and they ended up in iran and Obama made a peace treaty with the terrorists. The blood of the unborn and the blood shed by muslim are on the democrats hands especially Hillary and her Krnyan best buddy. They did the iran plan to wipe out the Christains and Jews. The Republicans have been in front lines protecting us. Now is the time to declare the enemy and make America Great Again!

      • nancycccslp

        Wow…shouldn’t you go hide in your bunker? And make sure to lock yourself in! There isn’t a single actual fact in that entire paragraph! But, the voices in your head are backing you up, so enjoy your MREs!

      • Bryn Smith

        Youd like that to much. Im staying put so that I see Trump fix this nation by kicking out the undesirables and arresting traiters like you and tossing them in a cells. Thats were animals belong. I will my country days renewed and it will be a glorus day.

      • John Huffman

        Say that to my gay ass and your Roly poly ass will end up know what a verbal beat down is, you a poor excuse for a Human being, you don’t deserve the air we all normal people breathe. You are the scum of the earth.

      • Bryn Smith

        Your gay?

      • Mary Ann Carey

        Where have you been living, under a rock. Benghazi, give it a rest. 8 investigations costing the Tax Payers millions of dollars all coming to the same conclusion. There was nothing she could have done differently, it was not her fault. The last investigation was lead by a Republican that wanted to blame her so badly but he couldn’t BECAUSE SHE DID NOTHING WRONG! ISIS grew out of Bush and Cheney’s administration. More American lives were lost under Bush’s time in office. He started the war and then agreed to pull our troops out and set the time table. Want to have an idiot conversation then find one of the Republican sites where they will agree to what you write because they do not want the truth. You say Hillary should have stayed home and serviced Bill. What was Donald’s excuse for cheating on at least 2 of his wives.

      • Bryn Smith

        Thats between Mr. Trump his women and God. Hillary the butcher of bengazi has blood on her hands. She didn’t keep her husband happy and he got into mischief and thus Bill didn’t take out Ben Lowden and we got 911! Im sorry the truth is to hard for you libtards to take handle.

    • Diana Hawkins

      wt? Taking care of his needs? Knew her place? what praytell is that? LOL. Maybe you can time travel…yeah..that’s the ticket

      • nancycccslp

        Pretty sure no one has ever taken care of Bryn’s needs…

      • noah vail

        would you ?…yucchhh !!!!…his only hope is a pity f**k from ann coulter….again, yucchh !!!

      • Bryn Smith

        A wife has a duty to her man to keep him satisfeid down stares. You know she hasnt and he went on the hunt for women like a wolf and didnt put time into killing thevterrorists! I think she did it on purpose honestly. Shes a vile evil woman!

      • noah vail

        exactly what we would expect from someone that lives in his mother’s basement…and the only thing vile and evil on here is your hate speech…

      • Diana Hawkins

        you are crazy

      • Bryn Smith

        Watch her start WW3!

  • Think the title of this post should add “So Far.” Donald Trump has shown that he does not give a damn enough, or respect anyone enough to listen, learn, and apply knowledge.

    I hope for Kellyanne Conway’s sake, she got paid upfront because I’d be very surprised if Trump loses, that she or many others get paid.

    To whom it may concern: if you wish to communicate an idea, it’s best to learn the correct spelling and grammar of the people that will be reading the post/comment etc.

  • noah vail

    you don’t suppose that Rump has paid off CBS to go easy on him…hell, he admitted bribing congressmen , why not a news business that will do or say anything for a few bucks…

  • Keith Savage

    Beep!-Beep!….the Chump clown car show motors on!!