Trump at Second Debate Was a Hot, Creepy Mess
Calling Clinton "the devil" and threatening to imprison her, Trump demonstrated he's far from the "gentleman" he claimed to be
Two days before it was set to take place, a 2005 tape surfaced on which Donald Trump can be heard saying he can sexually assault women at will because he's a celebrity. The story exploded. As moderator Martha Raddatz noted during the debate, it quickly became the most talked about story of the 2016 election – and as it did, droves of Republican politicians disavowed and distanced themselves from their party's nominee.
An embattled Trump tried to change the narrative, calling a press conference an hour-and-a-half before he took the debate stage with three women who have accused Bill Clinton of harassment and assault, and one whose rapist Hillary Clinton was appointed to defend in the 1970s. (Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton were given a front-row seat at the debate.)
The first question of the evening got right to the heart of the issue for many of the Republicans and Democrats who have listened to that tape: "Do you feel you're modeling appropriate and positive behavior for today's youth?" Patrice Brock, an undecided Missouri voter, asked. From there, it was off to the races – and by "races," we mean long, Trumpian diatribes that made no sense from a visibly agitated GOP nominee who often lurked behind his opponent like a creeper.
Here are the most WTF moments from the most WTF debate of the most WTF election in U.S. history.
On Trump's fitness to serve