Following the disastrous two weeks that could derail his campaign for the US presidency, Trump regained some of his footing in the debate, but not enough to claim final victory.
Trump criticized Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton regarding the documents WikiLeaks released with emails hacked from her campaign staffers. “OMG this is the man they want for their president?” At one point, he said he would jail Clinton if he were president. A CNN snap poll in the hours after the debate said Clinton won it, by a 57 to 34 percent margin.
In social media posts early Tuesday, Trump lashed out against Ryan and other Republicans for failing to back him amid the controversy and as most national opinion polls show Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton increasing her lead. A tape leaked on Friday that showed Trump making crude comments about women and multiple news outlets published stories on Wednesday about individuals coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against him. “But I’ll tell you what, that’s what the other side wants you to feel”.
In his afternoon speech outside an airplane hangar off I-4 in the center of the swing state, Trump offered his toughest words yet for the former secretary of state.
Republican defections from Trump “has everything to do with their political survival”, said Mike Dennehy, a senior political adviser to the 2008 presidential campaign of Arizona U.S. Sen.
Second presidential debates tend to attract smaller TV audiences, but attention was high going into Sunday’s face-off, after the emergence of the Trump video prompted several Republican politicians to abandon him.
While his standing in the polls improved slightly after his performance Sunday night, Trump’s favorability did not.
In a head-to-head race, Clinton bests Trump by 10 points, 50 percent to 40 percent. Her opponent, Republican nominee Donald Trump, has been in MI five times since he was nominated. Clinton had a 7-point lead in the previous poll. That’s down from a 12-point advantage for Trump in July.
Before the debate, 38 percent of likely voters said the tape is disqualifying and Trump should withdraw from the race, while 42 percent disagreed. Of them, 1,367 identified themselves as likely voters.
That poll showed Trump trailing Clinton by 11 points.