Trump Gets Debate Advice

The next presidential debate is Sunday night and Mike Pence has some great advice for the guy at the top of the ticket (if you are a Clinton supporter).

“I’d encourage Donald Trump to do what he did in his first debate, and that is be himself. Speak from his mind and speak from his heart, and I know he’s going to do that,” Pence said Thursday morning on Fox News’ Fox & Friends.

As an example, I’d suggest that Trump is being himself when he writes off his insulting, sexist remarks to women as simply “entertainment.” It might have been entertaining for him. But for the women involved…not so much.

Meanwhile, Monica Crowley also has some advice for Trump.

One of the biggest ironies of the first presidential debate is that Donald Trump’s reluctance to aggressively attack Hillary Clinton has now given him the license to fully do so…

Going into the debate — his debut on the world’s biggest stage — everyone, including his closest aides, was telling him that he must achieve plausibility…

Mr. Trump took his marching orders seriously and pulled his punches, at one point even acknowledging his self-restraint: “I was going to say something really rough about Hillary and her family, but I told myself it was not nice. But she spent tons of money on horrible ads about me, and I’ve spent virtually nothing.”

Many are now demanding that he truly go on the attack. Since it’s in the political bloodstream that he did not hit her proactively the last time, he now has a free hand to up the ante without being stigmatized as an unsuitable hothead.

One can only imagine what the people who have the toughest job in politics these days are actually advising Trump to do in the next debate. What is much easier to imagine is that the Clinton folks are high-fiving each other when they hear this kind of advice.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly.