September 27, 2016

Here’s what Trump should have said during last night’s debate

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Last night was the U.S. presidential debate. Donald Trump represented the Republicans, Hillary Clinton represented the Democratic Party, and Lester Holt represented the Media Party. Lester Holt won.

He interrupted Trump 41 times and only interrupted Clinton seven times. Six of those interruptions of Trump were to “correct” him: To step in as a surrogate for Clinton.

Why would Lester Holt ask Trump about Iraq — but not Hillary Clinton, who voted for the invasion as a senator? Even last night’s “no-cheering, no-laughing” rule was only enforced against Republicans. (I’ll show you.)

Trump missed so many opportunities, for example, letting Hillary Clinton, of all people, pontificate about “cybersecurity.”

Clinton won on points.

Or maybe I should say, Lester Holt and Hillary Clinton won as a team.

But one thing we know about Trump is that he learns. I predict he’ll want to be much better prepared for the next two debates. And when Donald Trump wants things, he tends to get them.

I wouldn’t bet against him just yet...

NEXT: Progressive Conservative MP Brian MacDonald joins me to talk about the Energy East pipeline project.

THEN: Joel Pollak, Editor at Large at, comes on to discuss last night's presidential debate.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2016-09-29 19:07:10 -0400
Trump may not have studied for the debate. But that in no way excuses the deplorable manner in which Lester Holt took it upon himself, to fulfill the position as the third debater. Using the position of moderator to launch an obvious personal attack at Trump, because he is a blind to the truth Hillary supporter, as all of those enemy mainstream media types.
commented 2016-09-29 12:19:50 -0400
“Jack Pallance commented 7 mins ago
If Trump loses the election it will be on the head of Holt, who clearly coordinated baseball signalling with Hilary. This should be front page news. :

Conspiracy theories are not news.

Trump didn’t study before the exam. it’s that simple.
commented 2016-09-29 12:10:13 -0400
If Trump loses the election it will be on the head of Holt, who clearly coordinated baseball signalling with Hilary. This should be front page news.
commented 2016-09-29 05:53:28 -0400
Polls aside, Trump won the debate and it will show in couple weeks. Hillary also won by not collapsing. All Trump had to do was appear and allow the American people to see that he isn’t a monster. And he did that. Hillary’s debate strategy-aside from having the moderator in her pocket and cheating with hand signals- is called pea-cocking. It is known that women are attracted to showy males, and Hillary used it as a woman with her shocking red pantsuit. Her witch doctor also did a good job as he hit her with a drug cocktail that allowed her to feel no pain and remain coherent.
commented 2016-09-29 05:41:24 -0400
The CBC is running an opinion piece on how Hillary won the debate and all the polls that favored Trump were not scientific. So what was her secret to victory: A Flaming Red Chairwoman Mao pant suit that allowed her to sweep up the communist vote. There was also that Poker Champion with the video demonstrating how Hillary’s finger touches to her face signaled the moderator as to when she wanted him to switch to her for zinger attack on Trump, and the news that she was told the questions that would be asked well in advance. Sort of like her FBI interview where she wouldn’t participate without VIP treatment.
commented 2016-09-29 02:56:05 -0400
Trump should have said to that traitorous moderator. Who exactly am I here to debate, you or Hillary Clinton ? The moderator was way out of line with his questions and his combatant manner with Trump. He should be fired and somebody needs to explain to that Pinhead what a moderators job is. On the upside, Trump has now learned that a debate such as this is more like a street fight, no rules apply. And if that wicked witch Hillary was wearing an earbud, that should not be allowed, no doubt someone is feeding her what to say in response to any questions. She is a liar, a cheat, and a criminal, and should be in the Gray Bar Hotel not the White House.
commented 2016-09-28 22:38:30 -0400
“Jack Pallance commented 9 hours ago
1) I believe Clinton was given the questions in advance”
The talking points were pretty easy to predict in advance. What’s shocking is not that Clinton figured out what the topics were and prepared in advance, but that Trump didn’t.

“Richard Wakefield commented 11 hours ago
Trump is going to hold the zingers for the last debate, which will stick in people’s minds. Strategy. "
I doubt there’s anything near strategy involved. He did as he always does, make it up as he goes. Works great when he is in control. Not so much when he isn’t.

“Robert Mcclelland commented 16 hours ago
Independants will decide this election and the polls show that Trump won the debate as far as independants are concerned. "

The only polls showing Trump winning the debate were the ones where multiple votes were possible. Conventional surveys which limit you to one response per respondent, indicated rather the opposite – that Clinton won by a broad margin. All this result indicates, is that Trumpists have an awful lot of spare time on their hands.
commented 2016-09-28 14:46:42 -0400
Ezra…excellent report…Trump missed so many opportunities and some of them were because he isn’t a political hack…i.e. when Hillary lied about the source of the financial housing collapse, Trump should have been able to point out that the real SOURCE of the collapse was the Democrat party, under Jimmy Carter that very STUPIDLY insisted that all people SHOULD own a home and that banks MUST give loans to people who cannot repay them, despite this being totally against bank regulations, until the Democrats instituted this crazy, ridiculous policy. The source of that collapse falls squarely on the Democratic Party policy…that far preceded George Bush…contrary to Hillary’s claim that Bush was responsible…TRUMP SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT!
commented 2016-09-28 14:41:59 -0400
George Dyer….excellent post!
commented 2016-09-28 13:47:40 -0400
George, and the moderator didn’t call her on any of that. There were so many things wrong with that debate.
1) I believe Clinton was given the questions in advance
2) She was signalling the moderator with scratching her face. It is so obvious now when I look back
3) The moderator did follow up questions to Trump on Birthism and Taxes and never treated Clinton to that same standar.
4) She had another earpiece suggesting she was getting help – once again.

So rigged.
commented 2016-09-28 13:08:57 -0400
I like what I have heard of Progressive Conservative MP Brian MacDonald. I think he could do a lot for New Brunswick and consequently the entire country. The fact that New Brunswick has the largest refinery (did you say in Canada?) and they only refine OPEC oil there is a real Canadian disgrace. One which many Canadians are not even aware of.
commented 2016-09-28 13:05:09 -0400
Will Quest, the price tag on your entertainment would be far too high and besides they would NEVER see the error of their ways. As far as they are concerned the taking down of America is the goal.
commented 2016-09-28 13:02:45 -0400
But Hillary, pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers (especially those running small businesses) and women should not be compensated with equal pay if they are not doing ‘As good a job as men’.
Hillary is no more an advocate for women than her pervert husband is. She is an insult to women.
Trump calls a spade a spade regardless of sex. Hillary uses the ‘female’ card because she doesn’t have anything else.
Holt was too ridiculous for words as moderator.
I agree Joel, Hillary didn’t make a case for herself as president.
I’m sure Trump learned a lot from this first debate, will use what he learned and will end up blowing Hillary out of the water.
commented 2016-09-28 12:08:44 -0400
- I wonder how long they can pump Hillary full of drugs to prop her up before it leads to a disaster. The media party has exposed itself as nothing more than the Democrat propaganda wing & this debate has just proven that further. Looking forward to round 2.

- Energy East is just another example of how prosperous Canada could be if the government’s would just get the hell out of the way. Too many people would rather make OPEC rich than keep the money in Canada.
commented 2016-09-28 11:08:19 -0400
Trump is going to hold the zingers for the last debate, which will stick in people’s minds. Strategy.
commented 2016-09-28 06:50:18 -0400
I think Ezra is being a tad too negative on the debate outcome.
Independants will decide this election and the polls show that Trump won the debate as far as independants are concerned.
commented 2016-09-28 06:28:10 -0400
As much has I would love to see Trump as president, the fresh air alone would suffice…. however I feel there is a caveat …….
The world is currently headed to hell in a faux-Gucci-bag and I believe the radical lefties should own their pet demons. Obama/Clinton and their divisive identity politics with their baying simpletons should have to OWN & CONTROL their fire-storms, after all the leftie progressives have sown that madness let them reap their whirl-wind and face the consequences . They should have to stare into their abyss of lunacy and witness the various circles of hell, it should become recurring nightmares for the crazy lefties . I’d call that just-rewards……why should conservatives carry & temper that load of progressive hog-wash…. So with that in mind I say …………….. go-Hill-go !
Hillary by hook or by CROOK !
commented 2016-09-28 05:56:21 -0400
Trump coulda / shoulda been a lot more aggressive. Hil said she “takes full responsibility” for the email server. Yeah? I’d have asked her if she intends to turn herself in and face the appropriate criminal charges!

Being calm and “not debating” are not the same. Hopefully, Trump gets it right next time! It’s not too late!
commented 2016-09-28 05:53:06 -0400
Great assessment of the Debate Ezra. Great job, as always! I have to tell you, it reminded me of the female judge I was up against in Family Court, constantly defending my ex. It got to the point that I exploded and told her she’s not “defense counsel for the accused”!!
commented 2016-09-28 01:42:40 -0400
In addition to my last comment.
Trump needs to ask Clinton why is it that 20% of her campaign funding is coming from Saudi Arabia.
commented 2016-09-28 01:23:25 -0400
A very good breakdown on the debate Ezra, the best one I have heard..

I think Trump was told to be reserved and act calmly on this debate.
The next debate will cover the Migrant situation and Military matters. Trump will open up with these subjects and put Clinton in her place.

A good idea would be for Trump to be wired direct to Nigal Farage. There would be nothing wrong with this, Farage, like George Washington, was born in America of English Parents. He is an expert speaker and has a brain like a Computer.
commented 2016-09-28 00:38:46 -0400
Donald Trump did well in the first debate. Most Americans think of him as a ‘screw-up’ and a buffoon.

He came across rather well.

Canadians dread Donald Trump because of his far-fetched ideas to end NAFTA and to build a wall.

Truth is he is just a simple businessman. He is naïve and ill-informed, but for all we know he could help our economy if he is elected President.
commented 2016-09-27 23:34:55 -0400
PBS aired a documentary on both candidates from their beginnings to, well, that’s when I stopped watching it.
It was so pro-Hillary, she looked like Joan of Arc and Trump was her executioner.
commented 2016-09-27 23:12:59 -0400
From the various clips, Clinton often comes across as a stand up comic. Clinton probably got an advance copy of the points that Holt would make in the debate. Telling was her smirking when Holt was taking his jabs against Trump.
commented 2016-09-27 22:52:58 -0400
And Holt acted like my mother in law
commented 2016-09-27 22:23:58 -0400
Let them talk about auditing the Clinton foundation fund
commented 2016-09-27 21:52:46 -0400
I actually think it will help Trump , the public is tired of the BS.
commented 2016-09-27 21:30:36 -0400
It was obviously a setup to get Trump. Trump should have told Holt to stop interfering, and Clinton to stop lying. If you don’t, I’m outa here.
commented 2016-09-27 21:25:51 -0400
The debate was like my wife’s fights. Nothing substantial only personal attacks. Living of what I’ve provided and calling me shit.