Our next Commander-in-Chief needs to have the steadiness, strength, and judgment to make life and death decisions.
Then Lauer launched into the emails. Hillary re-explained for the nth time the classification markings. Then came the Iraq war vote. Hillary explained that succinctly and went on to speak about her record on her broader work on legislation for the military. Said she views force as a last resort.
Re: Iran nuclear deal "if Iran cheats." Hillary pulled that deal back into context and provided a rationale for putting together the coalition and imposing the sanctions.
We need to do everything we can to remove barriers to the health care our veterans need—whether physical or mental.plan to defeat ISIS is not a secret.
Not every wound can be seen. Our veterans deserve the best mental health services we can give. #NBCNewsForum pic.twitter.com/vHoPy09BvC— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 8, 2016
Trump came on and spoke at length about Hillary and President Obama when he was told not to. He also informed all and sundry that Iraq has oil! He said many people do not know that. He said many people do not know that. He was allowed to bash Hillary and President Obama throughout and even compared President Obama unfavorably to Vladimir Putin and accepted Putin's compliment about him.In 2002, Donald Trump said he supported invading Iraq https://t.co/B3071OFSQy https://t.co/On1ZfL88eC— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 19, 2016
Lauer was exceptionally contentious with Hillary and repeatedly interrupted her especially when she referred to Trump. He was very lenient with Trump's attacks on Hillary. He made no effort to control that and allowed Trump to misquote her. Hillary never said the plan to privatize the VA was Trump's plan. She said there is a plan, not that it was his plan, but is supported by him. We all know Trump doesn't have any plans! And why was he allowed to hear everything Hillary said???? What???
In the post-forum analysis, very smart people do not know what Trump means by "take the oil." What do you mean "What does he mean?????" ISIS knows what he means!
My final two cents: Matt Lauer was a terrible choice for moderator, and he performed pretty much as I knew he would. I would have been happier with Lester Holt or Joy Reid.
Here is an annotated transcript from WaPo.
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Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un will be rooting for him tonight.