Hillary Clinton has won the first presidential debate. There is no spinning it any other way. America saw two starkly different candidates. Only one, Clinton, is ready to be president.
Hillary Clinton showed America precisely why she is the best (and frankly, only) qualified candidate running for president. She was firm and steady and displayed a total command of the issues. Donald Trump was nervous, blustering and erratic, with no perceptible grasp of fundamental questions.
Here are highlights from real-time coverage:
Donald Trump has given us the worst debate performance by any major-party nominee since the advent of television.
— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) September 27, 2016
I don't see how this makes Trump look presidential, which strikes me as his #1 challenge in this election
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) September 27, 2016
Trump harrumphing when Clinton points out the positive things happening in communities of color. #debatenight
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) September 27, 2016
Trump is testy. Clinton is keeping her cool.
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) September 27, 2016
So far, 17 people in my group say Hillary is winning; 3 say Trump.
Tax question weakened him, birther question destroyed him. #DebateNight
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) September 27, 2016
I'm genuinely surprised Trump isn't better able to keep his anger under control. I expected a lot more restraint from him.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) September 27, 2016
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) September 27, 2016
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 27, 2016
Prediction markets have moved yet again and even further to Clinton. An even bigger win than suggested by the first half of the debate. pic.twitter.com/soXjqAm0X0
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) September 27, 2016
How Hillary Clinton Took Charge In The First Presidential Debate https://t.co/4gwtCnACV0
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) September 27, 2016
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) September 27, 2016
Trump goes after what went wrong -- Clinton lays out what can be done--
— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) September 27, 2016
For all Trump's nonsense, the debate probably moves few votes. Didn't help Trump at all. Maybe helped HRC a bit. HRC camp has to be happy.
— Charles Babington (@cbabington) September 27, 2016
Now I know you live in your own reality.... @HillaryClinton hammering away. I hesitate to comment on style but her style is working.
— Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) September 27, 2016
Trump going after Obama/Clinton for withdrawal of troops from Iraq. He was in favor of that withdrawal.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) September 27, 2016
Donald Trump right now is the way I would sound if I had to fill 2 minute on live TV about history of Malta
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) September 27, 2016
HRC was able to bait DT on women and he was at his worst in response..
— David Gregory (@davidgregory) September 27, 2016
And here's the kicker from one of Trump's top surrogates: