Abbreviated pundit round-up: At debate, Trump tries to ride out the storm with nonsense and lies


In case you didn’t see the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the GOP nominee threatened to jail her if he wins, said she “has tremendous hatred in her heart,” made noise about our having 1,000 years of coal reserves that can burned cleanly, displayed his thoroughgoing ignorance about Syria, lied for the umpteenth time about his stance on the Iraq invasion, lied about U.S. taxes being the highest in the world, admitted he was proud about not paying taxes for years, made bogus claims about Iran and the Iran nuclear deal, mumbled a few sentences claiming that his boasting of grabbing women’s genitals was “just words,” and—by pacing behind Clinton and walking up close her while she was answering questions—couldn’t have done a better job of coming across as a sexual predator had he worn clown makeup.

Let me repeat, the GOP nominee threatened to jail his election opponent if he wins the presidency. This is banana republic talk. Or Putin talk.

Clinton, as usual, exhibited calm, remained on topic, connected warmly with individual questioners in the audience, and gave real and as comprehensive of answers as two minutes allowed (although she took a serious misstep with her claim that the U.S. is now “energy independent”). Not when we’re still importing 9 million barrels of oil a day.

As we have come to expect, there were no questions about climate change. Also none about racial justice even in St. Louis, the largest city near where Black Lives Matter emerged because of a lack of such justice.

So, what did the pundits have to say?


Before the debate began, Van Jones had something to say:

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