In the few brief moments in which a scowling Donald Trump was not engaged in free association about himself, not interrupting Hillary Clinton, and not sniffling, a few matters of substance emerged. That’s what The Intercept staff mostly focused on during our live-blogging of the event. We went beyond fact-checking the event to add some much-needed context.
There was some unexpected news: Trump endorsed a no-first-use policy on nuclear weapons, something neither Clinton nor President Obama are willing to do.
Our reviews of the moderator, Lester Holt, were profoundly negative, especially about his refusal to control Trump and his decision not to ask the most important questions.
The sexist view certain male pundits have of Clinton was on full display before and after.
And don’t miss Jeremy Scahill on the hard-partying surfer turned master assassin who is Trump’s guest at the debate
See below for what we posted, in reverse chronological order. Did the debate go as you expected? What did we miss? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter.
- On Fox, Brit Hume says Hillary Clinton’s face was “not necessarily attractive”
- Trump, to the left of Obama, pledges not to use nuclear weapons first
- The moderator didn’t ask a single question about immigration and climate change
- Trump attacks Clinton for Libya position he shared
- Trump infrastructure plan depends on corporate tax cut that would move jobs overseas
- Racial profiling is all “stop and frisk” was about
- Political consultant running Donald Trump’s Super PAC mocks fact-checking
- Hillary Clinton’s touted “no-fly list” gun proposal is discriminatory and flawed
- How many times has Donald Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton?
- Lester Holt has one job, and he’s blowing it
- Trump on rooting for the 2008 housing crisis: “That’s called business”
- Hillary Clinton in the 1990s personally lobbied business to push harder for liberalized trade with China
- Trump lies about not calling climate change a hoax invented by China
- Democratic Party used moments before debate to finally disclose convention sponsors
- Debate Commission waits until last minute to reveal (and thank) its corporate donors
- In 2000, Gore’s live fact-check of Bush tax plan was laughed off, and we paid the price
- Trump once hated big donors getting debate tickets — now he’s handing them out to Sheldon Adelson
- Hordes of journalists are fact-checking tonight’s presidential debate
- Conservatives aren’t just backing Clinton because Trump is scary
- CNN host already advising Hillary Clinton to smile
- Why no third parties tonight? Because two parties control the process
- News networks promote the presidential debate like a football game, wrestling match
- “So what?”: In 1984, Bush official celebrated impotence of post-debate factchecking
- U.S. government advises other countries to include minor parties in presidential debates
- As Trump and Clinton prepare, Hofstra students demonstrate for Black Lives Matter
- The hard-partying surfer turned master assassin who is Trump’s guest at the debate
- The questions you won’t hear tonight because they’re too good
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