Media outlets saying Trump 'won' the debate are ignoring everything he said

Politico describing it as the "ugliest debate ever" and Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi declaring that "having a railroad spike driven through my foot would be more enjoyable than watching this."

In what was dubbed by numerous commentators as a nearly unbearable spectacle to witness—with Politico describing it as the "ugliest debate ever" and Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi declaring that "having a railroad spike driven through my foot would be more enjoyable than watching this"—Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump debated in a town hall-style event Sunday night.

The debate culminated a weekend of ongoing controversy and chaos after revelations on Friday that Trump—who has previously been accused of sexual harassment and assault—was caught on tape bragging to a TV host about his freedom to kiss and grope women without their consent. 

Signaling the potential tone of the evening, about an hour and a half before the second debate began, Trump held "a short—and highly unusual—news conference with four women, all of whom said they had been mistreated by...Clinton or her husband, former president Bill Clinton," as the Washington Post reported

In perhaps the most acrimonious and eye-popping exchange between the two candidates, Trump announced that if elected he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton for misdeeds and later echoed a popular chant of his supporters—who frequently tell "Lock her up" during his campaign rallies—by saying she'd "be in jail" when he is president.

Here's what Think Progress' Judd Legum had to say about Trump's comments on imprisoning Clinton, and those who quickly labeled Trump the winner of the debate:

Donald Trump’s performance was far outside the norms of American politics. The fact that people are even talking about whether he won shows how severely Trump has distorted American political discourse.

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