Donald Trump at the last debate and the Al Smith dinner

On his show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver reviewed Donald Trump’s performance at the last debate and at the charity event the following night at the Al Smith dinner, a white-tie exclusive affair hosted by the Catholic church at which the two presidential candidates are expected to indulge in largely self-deprecatory humor. Of course, Trump did not do that, instead seeing the occasion as one in which he could score off Hillary Clinton and say the things that he wished he could have said at the debate but didn’t. His performance was not well received, to put it mildly.
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Saturday Night Live on the debate

They captured the essence of the debate and Tom Hanks did a remarkably accurate impression of moderator Chris Wallace. Alec Baldwin’s impression of Donald Trump is so accurate that when I try to imagine Trump, it is Baldwin’s version that first comes to mind and I have to consciously reject it and replace it with the real person. It is similar to Tine Fey and Sarah Palin. I would not be surprised if many people think that Palin actually said, “I can see Russia from my house!”
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The Trump book reports

Donald Trump is intellectually lazy, someone who cannot be bothered to learn enough about a topic to go beyond broad generalities. If you watched the debates, you will notice that in response to questions that involve detailed knowledge of specifics, he tends, like Sarah Palin, to wander all over the lot, spewing out a lot of words in run-on sentences that convey little.
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