Bud Kennedy

From a non-handshake to ‘hate in her heart,’ a bitter debate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, sits with, from right, Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey, before the second presidential debate.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, sits with, from right, Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey, before the second presidential debate. AP

Live reflections from @BudKennedy on Twitter made and posted during Sunday night’s debate.

7:17 p.m.: As expected, Donald Trump came to St. Louis contrite and remorseful, asking forgiveness for his abusive 2005 comment about grabbing — oh, wait —

7:21 p.m.: REVISED Donald Trump brought accusers of ex-President Bill Clinton to the 2nd presidential debate, proving he has at least 4 women’s votes.

7:31 p.m.: Wait. Was that Alec Baldwin? No, it’s really Trump. He staged a reality video at a debate. Will he negotiate with Putin via Facebook Live?

7:34 p.m.: Something to remember about this debate: It’s not as important. Did you know there were 4 JFK-Nixon debates in ’60? Yet we only remember 1.

7:39 p.m.: On the other hand, Trump is the first candidate to go up against both an opponent & his own party. Much of the GOP sees him as a lead weight

7:46 p.m.: Reading between the lines: Republicans’ Plan B is for Johnson or McMullin to win a few electoral votes, force decision to the U.S. House

8:08 p.m.: No handshake between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Looked mutual. But at 70, Bill Clinton looked uneasy, seeing accusers from 1970s and ’90s

8:10 p.m.: Trump: “I want to do things that haven’t been done.” Mission accomplished

8:13 p.m.: Trump calls grabbing comment “lockeroom talk,” says it doesn’t compare to ISIS or Medieval Times. Guess I’ve never been to a Medieval Times

8:22 p.m.: Clinton, Trump trading demands for apologies: “You owe an apology,” “No, YOU owe an apology.” (But she didn’t comment about Bill.)

8:33 p.m.: Trump has attacked the two moderators and threatened to have Clinton jailed. But he still has to last another hour on the stage.

8:40 p.m.: On Google, interest in the debate peaked at 8:25 pm and has fallen. More searches for “Clinton” than “Trump” much of the night

8:50 p.m.: When this campaign is over, I hope the fact checkers get a nice long vacation. probably not in a Trump hotel

8:54 p.m.: BIGLY

8:58 p.m.: The tone is troubling and confrontational, but Trump is owning the stage and matching Clinton line-for-line in this town hall format

9:09 p.m.: On Russia’s role in Syria, Trump throws Mike Pence under the bus: “He and I haven’t spoken and I disagree”

9:21 p.m.: On Trump: He was better than the first debate, but had a long way to go. Won points & seemed more direct, but turned cranky and lost ground

9:21 p.m.: Like right now, saying “She has tremendous hate in her heart.”

9:26 p.m.: On Clinton: She played careful defense and didn’t take any chances. Pat answers didn’t satisfy audience. She played for the tie, and got it

9:30 p.m.: Same as the first debate: Trump didn’t gain any votes, or friends. Clinton didn’t lose any. Four more weeks of noise and bluster, America.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, bud@star-telegram.com, @BudKennedy. His column appears Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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