In case you missed it, Trump pulled several stunts on Sunday night ahead of and during the debate, probably in desperation after half the GOP finally felt free to admit they find him loathsome. These have been written about separately and shared on social media, but I’ve put together the four that we know of in a short list for you.
So here you, all of Trump’s debate night stunts that we know about so far.
- Pre-Debate Facebook Live Event: Trump hosted a live event on Facebook with Juanita Broderick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton, three of whom have accused Bill Clinton of sex crimes to some degree, and one who was raped by a man Hillary Clinton defended.
It didn’t go over well in the press or on social media.
- The VIP Box: In this stunt devised by former head of Breitbart Stephen Bannon, the Trump campaign attempted to have the above women seated in the VIP box so that they could confront Bill Clinton when he came in for the debate.
The gambit to give Bill Clinton’s accusers prime seats was devised by Trump campaign chief executive Stephen K. Bannon and Jared Kushner, the candidate’s son-in-law, and approved personally by Trump. The four women — three of whom have alleged Bill Clinton sexually assaulted or harassed them years ago — were to walk in the debate hall at the same time as the 42nd president and confront him in front of a national television audience.
“We were going to put the four women in the VIP box,” said former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in debate negotiations. “We had it all set. We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them.”
This plan was thwarted by officials with the Commission on Presidential Debates. Though the women did sit together in the audience, prompting this already iconic photo of the former President.
- Melania’s Outfit: You really won’t believe this one. It’s … I don’t know what word to use. Melania Trump wore something unique for the debate. A “pussy-bow” shirt by Gucci. Yes, that is a real thing. Yes, that is what it is called. Yes, she wore it.
- The Special Prosecutor: Oh yes, it was a stunt. It just happens to be that he pulled it off to great success. Sorry, he did. He said if he were elected he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Hillary’s scandals. He started out saying “I didn’t think I would say this tonight,” which means he definitely planned ahead to say it for sure. It went okay, but the payoff a moment later was yuge.
Hillary said that it was a lucky thing someone with Trump’s temperament isn’t in charge of our legal system, and he retorted quickly and off the cuff.
It was smooth, and it hit the right note for Republicans and other Americans who are appalled by what happened with James Comey and the FBI investigation.
"Because you'd be in jail." pic.twitter.com/PMuLXfqBQP
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) October 10, 2016
So he pulled off three out of four. The first was kept secret from the RNC and not well-received, the second was thwarted by officials (which was lucky for him, it would have been a disaster), the third was sneaky and, though small, a pretty telling piece of theater that shows he has no repentance or regret over the 2005 video, and the fourth worked out pretty much perfectly.
The thwarted second stunt is the only one the press seems interested in at the moment. But RedState readers get the whole story. Or as much as we know at this moment, anyway.