It was a night of huffing and puffing, snorting and smarting, hectoring and interrupting for Donald Trump at the first presidential debate at Hofstra University. The media consensus — even the right-leaning Fox News — held that Hillary Clinton won. Jewish conservatives, many of them Never-Trumpers, signaled their agreement in a series of derisive tweets. Here’s a selection of them.
Ben Shapiro, the editor of The Daily Wire and no fan of Trump, was surprised to see the candidate’s relatively strong performance at the starting bell:
Trump is being aggressive. She can’t defend her record. This is actually amazing. https://t.co/p1BZLeg4EQ— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 27, 2016
Then he chronicled Trump’s deterioration:
Early in this debate, Trump had her on defensive. Last 35 minutes, he’s been on his heels. https://t.co/p1BZLeg4EQ— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 27, 2016
Trump actually looking winded at this point. https://t.co/p1BZLeg4EQ— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 27, 2016
Full meltdown. https://t.co/p1BZLeg4EQ— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 27, 2016
A few couldn’t hide their disgust.
“I have a much better temperament than she has.” Trump’s only laugh line of the night. Inadvertent of course. #Debates2016— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) September 27, 2016
can’t believe he is defending birtherism, Holt fact checked on continuing to raise it— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) September 27, 2016
This is why Trump is doing so badly with women. His own words are the most powerful condemnations of his candidacy.— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) September 27, 2016
John Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary Magazine, brought the snark, mocking Trump’s statements on the Islamic state, health accusations, and persistent sniffles.
She was fighting The Mighty Isis in 1974— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) September 27, 2016
Maybe she slipped him the pneumonia with the handshake.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) September 27, 2016
Hillary should open the next debate by asking Donald if he’s over the sniffles.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) September 27, 2016
Bill Kristol, head of The Weekly Standard and no fan of Hillary Clinton either, rose above his dislike to call it like he saw it.
Irony: Hillary, the alleged policy wonk, isn’t particularly good at explaining policies. But she’s a pretty tough fighter.— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 27, 2016
And where does that leave us?
Daniel J. Solomon is the Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.