A cornered Donald Trump went scorched-earth on Hillary Clinton in their critical second debate last night, laying into the Democratic nominee on former President Clinton’s sex scandals, repeatedly calling Clinton a liar and threatening the former secretary of state with prosecution for deleting emails if he wins.
The candidates — who didn’t shake hands at the outset of the town-hall-style debate — talked over each other and the moderators as they broached a host of thorny subjects, starting with an explosive exchange on Trump’s 2005 recorded comments about trying to have sex with a married woman and how he approaches women.
Ford O’Connell, a GOP operative who advised John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, said Trump’s attacks “breathed life into a campaign that was on life support.”
“Is he going to win the race? That’s still an open question,” O’Connell said. “When we started tonight there were questions about whether he was going to drop out. ... Trump proved himself to be an escape artist and lived to fight for another day.”