"During the debate, Clinton responded to one long Trump answer by saying she hoped the fact-checkers were working away at what her opponent had just said. This emphasis on fact-checking fundamentally misunderstands one of the dynamics of television: It’s what people see that matters as much as what they hear. I would wager that for millions of Americans watching on Monday night, they saw a Donald Trump who dominated the debate in an exceedingly forceful manner, and in the sheer number of minutes he spoke. His voice was heard more frequently than Clinton’s. Most of the debate was broadcast in split screen, with side-by-side close-ups of the candidates. As the debate went on, Trump increased the amount of face-pulling, grimacing, and “sad” head-shaking, thereby pulling viewers’ attention away from Clinton’s responses."
You see, Hillary had all the facts and all the seriousness, but Trump's belligerence, mugging to the audience and speaking over Hillary showed what a masterful, real man he is, not a sissy woman, so he won the debate in a knockout! He "dominated" the debate the way a mugger "dominates" is victims, and that is a wonderful accomplishment! It shows what a great President he would be! And the fact that he made faces to distract people from Hillary (rather than out of sheer lack of self control) shows what a clever person he is, because no ordinary person would be able to do that- at least no ordinary person older than elementary school age.
"The most stark example of this clash of styles occurred near the end, when Trump said of Clinton, “She doesn’t have the stamina” to be president. Now, here was an opportunity for Clinton to call Trump on the subtext of what he was saying — his clear implication that there is something wrong with her health. It was a moment when Clinton needed to improvise, to seize an opportunity to address this scurrilousness. Instead, she smiled her grim smile and she went to what was clearly a rehearsed answer, about how “as soon as he travels to 112 countries… or even spends 11 hours testifying before a congressional committee, he can talk to me about experience.”
Because, you see, giving concrete examples that disproved what he was saying is a miserable response to a childish taunt, and to basically ignore his bullying with a smile was "grim."
"Well, it was clear by the end that Trump had gotten under Clinton’s skin, and Lester Holt’s skin, as well."
And why should it not get under people's skin that the Presidential nominee of the Republican party is treating the Presidency like a joke?
I posted an article a few days ago about what happened with the Gore Bush first debate in 2000, where the Republicans and the press totally turned upside down the public perception of who won, and here it comes again.