Donald Trump’s final statement at the first presidential debate was no surprise

It’s become exceedingly difficult for Republican nominee Donald Trump to surprise anyone at this point given the outrageous statements and policy proposals he’s spent the past year spewing. Thus, his confrontational, spit-fire debate performance, and Trump’s closing answer at the debate were hardly surprising. Trump’s last answer focused on jobs and predictably enough casually mentioned deportation, as his stances on these issues have pretty much driven his controversial campaign, meant to appeal to frustrated, disillusioned white people since day one.

Trump made similar claims the whole night, as he answered (or dodged) moderator Lester Holt’s questions around the themes “securing America,” “America’s direction,” and “achieving prosperity.” Trump essentially admitted earlier this month that he would be winging the debates so as to not appear “phony,” and it certainly showed. All of his comments had an air of pronounce spontaneity and candor, as they usually do. Not to mention a few targeted digs at Clinton.

Pundits have for weeks stressed the importance of this first debate, citing how the candidates are deadlocked in polling in some crucial states, with Clinton maintaining a minimal three-point lead in some national polls. We’ll see how Trump’s bold performance affects this.

Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Face Off In First Presidential Debate At Hofstra University
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After Lester Holt asked Trump how he would “accept the outcome of the election,” Trump closed out his portion of the debate by remaining on-brand in a near canny way, saying:

I want to make America great again. We are a nation that is seriously troubled. We’re losing our jobs people, are pouring in to our country. The other day we were deporting 800 people, and perhaps they passed the wrong button, they pressed the wrong button, or perhaps worse than that it was corruption.

We will for good reason and up and becoming citizens ended up becoming 800 now it’s 1,500, and they don’t even know. I want to make America great again, I’m able to do it. I don’t believe Hillary will. The answer is if she wins I will absolutely support her.”

His final answer was relatively tame compared to the colorful and somewhat scattered nature of Trump’s contributions to the debate, which at one point included Trump shoehorning his pro-gun stance into a conversation on race relations by saying, “I have the endorsement of the NRA, which I’m very proud of.” However, it’s crucial to consider the fact that Holt didn’t ask the candidates for official final statements, which made the ending of the debate feel like a petering out.