After the debate
The mainstream media is mad at Trump for not prostrating himself before them. If he actually did that, they would have stomped on him.
Instead Trump came out gunning for Hillary on Bill’s mistreatment of women, on her emails, on the Wikileaks revelations about her speeches. Trump ably defended himself on his taxes.
Trump also didn’t let the moderators stomp all over him. He let them know several times when he felt they were being partisan. I think that’s something Trump needed to do.
In case some Trump supporters were worried that he’d let Pence run his show, we see that Trump is the man in charge. I approve of Trump restating what he said during the primary debates, that he supports a non-interventionist policy in the Middle East and supports letting our enemies fight each other.
Hillary didn’t have an apparent health problems this debate, but she is unable to control that huge grinning smirk which makes people hate her and will motivate people to come out to vote against her by voting for Trump.
The downside is that Trump really doesn’t have any policy on taxes that makes any sense, and “repeal and replace” Obamacare is meaningless when the only thing he’s offered as a replacement is a few right-wing talking points (which probably came from some staffer and not Trump himself who, during the primary campaign, occasionally said a few things that were in disagreement with conservative-Republican orthodoxy). However, undecided voters are for the most part not very bright and they didn’t understand any of that stuff.
Much better debate for Trump than the previous debate, and perhaps the most entertaining presidential debate in history.