Even in one’s own living room, it was hard not to join in on the shouting and applause when Donald Trump said “Because you’d be in jail”, in response to Hillary Clinton’s attempted jab: “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law of our country”.

A classy thing to say? No. An intelligent thing to say? No. An entertaining remark? For sure.

The baffling truth of the matter is that Trump, somehow, managed to win last night’s debate.

If one could ignore the parts of the debate that he spent whining, pacing, and acting like a child, last night was a relatively successful showing for him. He refused to let Hillary dodge issues such as her emails, her treatment of Bill Clinton’s alleged victims, and her foreign policy record.

In the words of David French, “All Trump did tonight was live to lose another day”.

It is not with pride that we, as Conservatives, now find our lips uttering the words “Trump did in fact, somehow, win last night’s debate”, it is with confusion, embarrassment, and disdain.

 

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