No matter what you think of Trump’s character, there is no denying his mettle. I speak from 35 years’ experience as a trial lawyer when I say that to perform as he did under the unbelievable pressure brought to bear upon him this evening is nothing short of astonishing. I really didn’t think Trump had it in him.
Facing a jury of 6 or 12 when you are on the defensive is hard enough, but facing a jury of millions on live TV, with biased and overtly hostile “moderators” to boot, and handling both the “moderators” and Crooked Hillary with aplomb is nothing short of a triumph of courage under fire—certainly more courage than I would have had in the same seemingly untenable situation.
I don’t know if Trump read the memo I sent to him by email, but he developed the one theme that was essential to winning this debate and salvaging his prospects for election: he stripped the cloak of respectability from the crooked old hag the media are trying to drag across the finish line of this election, to paraphrase Dinesh D’Souza.
For a few moments of visible discomfiture, it looked like Trump was a beaten man over the “sex tape” that would have sunk any candidate back in the day when American public life observed a minimum standard of morality and decorum. But Trump came roaring back when the old hag, ever shameless, cluck-clucked over Trump’s words eleven years ago, when he was a Democrat, pronouncing him unfit for the presidency while the audience had to be thinking: “But your husband is a rapist, a liar under oath, was impeached by Congress and disbarred in Arkansas, yet you helped him get reelected to the presidency while savaging the many victims of his sexual abuse.”
The knockout blow came when Hillary declared she was happy that Trump is not in charge of America’s law enforcement after he vowed to have a special prosecutor look into her nefarious activities if he is elected. Trump replied coolly: “Because you’d be in jail.” This was the only comment of the night that provoked an uncontainable burst of applause from the “town hall” audience. It was one of those quick jabs that can flatten the other fighter because he never sees it coming. With one short sentence, Trump reminded America that Hillary Clinton is a career criminal and fraud, who has evaded justice again and again precisely because of the rigged media-political-financial complex Trump is running against.
But perhaps the old hag knocked herself out when confronted by one exasperated audience member with the question whether, given all the rhetoric in this campaign, either candidate could see any admirable quality in the other. Robotic and graceless as always, the hold hag said she admired Trump’s children, an insult Trump graciously accepted as a compliment before saying that he admired Hillary for being a fighter. He ended on a perfect high note as Hillary stood there looking like, well, an old hag.
Tomorrow morning I leave for my debate with Alan Keyes on Tuesday. My opponent and I will explore the mystery of why all the forces of darkness, as if marshaled by the Prince of Darkness himself, have aligned in one massive, almost hysterical attack on a presidential candidate who by any objective moral standard is a rogue and a low-life. I think I have the answer to the mystery, and I will reveal it Tuesday night. Stay tuned.
Christopher A. Ferrara: President and lead counsel for the American Catholic Lawyers Inc., Mr. Ferrara has been at the forefront of the legal defense of pro-lifers for the better part of a quarter century. Having served with the legal team for high profile victims of the culture of death such as Terri Schiavo, he has long since distinguished him a premier civil rights Catholic lawyer. Mr. Ferrara has been a lead columnist for The Remnant since 2000 and has authored several books published by The Remnant Press, including the bestseller The Great Façade. Together with his children and wife, Wendy, he lives in Richmond, Virginia.