To the surprise of very few, Donald Trump, once again, lost the debate last night. He was admittedly somewhat less unhinged — although he did repeatedly interrupt Clinton with his “wrong” interjections — and the snorts were kept to a minimum, so judging by the very, very low standards for how we appraise him, it almost seems like an improvement. But lost he did, and he may even seem to realize it now himself.
Watch this moment toward the end of the debate as he rips up his notes and grimaces. That’s the look of a beaten man. If you freeze frame it you can pinpoint the exact moment, Ralph Wiggum-like, where his heart breaks.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) October 20, 2016
Lose though he will, the real headline from last night came in his refusal to admit that he would accept the results of the aforesaid, certainly impending and ultimately humiliating loss, as he’s been insisting the entire thing is rigged, which is a lot more hilarious when you consider what he wrote in one of his books years ago about blaming others. From his book “Trump 101”:
“A guy used to call me and complain about everybody and their brother,” Trump wrote. “To listen to him you would think that the entire world was against him and that he never made a mistake in his life. From day one, nothing was ever his fault; everyone else was to blame.”
When asked last night whether he would accept the results of the election, he had this to say: “I’ll look at it at the time.” Chris Wallace asked him again. “I will tell you at the time,” he said. “I will keep you in suspense.”