A cautious Donald J. Trump lashed out at the debate moderator, complained about his microphone and undermined to make Bill Clinton’s marital infidelity a campaign issue in a TV appearance on Tuesday hours after his first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton.
Furthermore, challenging traditions of respectfulness and political common sense, Mr. Trump leveled cutting personal criticism at a Miss Universe show champ, held up by Mrs. Clinton in Monday night’s debate as an example of her opponent’s disrespect for women.
Mr. Trump demanded in the Fox News appearance that he had been all in all correct to vilify the beauty queen, Alicia Machado, for her physique.
“She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem,” said Mr. Trump, who was the pageant’s executive producer at the time. “Not only that — her attitude. And we had a real problem with her.”
Mrs. Clinton said Ms. Machado by name, citing affronts that Ms. Machado has credited to Mr. Trump and noticing that the pageant winner had become a citizen to vote in the 2016 election. During the debate, he demonstrated mistrust at the charge that he had mocked Ms. Machado, asking Mrs. Clinton over and again, “Where did you find this?”
Mr. Trump suddenly moved course a couple of hours later, with remarks that debilitated to raise and extend an argument that seemed, by all accounts, to be one of his weakest moments of the debate.
Mrs. Clinton assaulted him late in the debate for calling ladies as “pigs, slobs, and dogs.” Mr. Trump had no prepared response for the charge of sexism and offered a tangled answer that referred to his past quarrel with the comedian Rosie O’Donnell.
His remarks assaulting Ms. Machado reviewed his regular work on, during the Republican primaries and a great part of the general election campaign, of squabbling cruelly with political spectators, sometimes savaging them in charged language that ended up alienating voters. In the past, he has made extended personal attacks on the Muslim parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq and on a Hispanic federal judge.
Trump aides thought of it as an indication of advancement lately that the Republican nominee was more centered around condemning Mrs. Clinton, and less inclined to veering off into such self-damaging open quarrels.
Following Ms. Machado might be particularly tone hard of hearing for Mr. Trump, at a minute in the race when he is trying to switch voters’ instilled pessimistic perspectives of his identity. 60% of Americans in an ABC News/Washington Post survey this month said they thought Mr. Trump was one-sided against ladies and minorities, and Mrs. Clinton has been airing a TV plug highlighting his history of acidic and realistic remarks about women.
Mrs. Clinton squeezed her leeway on Tuesday, telling columnists on her campaign plane that Mr. Trump had raised “offensive and off-putting” sees that raised doubt about his wellness for the administration.
“The real point,” she said, “is about temperament and fitness and qualification to hold the largest, hardest job in the world.”
Both Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton will strike out on the campaign trail on Tuesday with the objective of encircling the debate’s outcome further bolstering their good fortune. While Mr. Trump is in Florida, Mrs. Clinton arrangements to crusade in North Carolina, a Republican state where surveys demonstrate her and Mr. Trump virtually tied.
It will probably take a couple of days to quantify any movement in the race after the candidates’ conflict at Hofstra University on Long Island. Surveys had demonstrated the presidential race narrowing nearly to a dead warmth on the national level, with Mr. Trump drawing close to Mrs. Clinton in a few swing states where she had long held leverage.
But Mr. Trump seemed tossed on Tuesday by his uneven performance the prior night, offering a progression of various clarifications for the outcomes. On Fox, he referred to “unfair questions” postured by the mediator, Lester Holt of NBC News, and implied that somebody might have messed with his microphone.
Pushing ahead in his challenge with Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump said he might “hit her harder,” maybe raising the issue of “her husband’s women.” Should Mr. Trump decide on that unsafe methodology, he could start to do as such amid a crusade swing in Florida on Tuesday.
In another sign that Mr. Trump has the little aim of shifting his tone, the Republican nominee rehashed the assault on Mrs. Clinton that prodded their Monday exchange about gender in the first place: that she lacks the physical vigor to be president.
“I don’t believe she has the stamina to be the president,” he said on Fox. “You know, she’s home all the time.”
Mrs. Clinton was pretentious on Tuesday of Mr. Trump’s points, disregarding an inquiry regarding his danger to follow Mrs. Clinton and her husband personally and by and his consternation about the microphone. “Anybody who complains about the microphone is not having a good night,” she said.
Mrs. Clinton’s partners struck a comparably sure stance, entirely pronouncing triumph in the debate after spending the last month on the defensive.
Mr. Trump’s running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, visited the morning TV programs with a playful message. Showing up on ABC’s “Great Morning America,” Mr. Pence declared Monday to have been a “great night” in which Mr. Trump showcased the “sort of vitality” and the “kind of leadership” that had enlivened his battle.
“Donald Trump took command of the stage, and I think the American people saw his leadership qualities,” Mr. Pence said.
But as has become customary for the Republican ticket, Mr. Trump’s provocative comments are prone to dominate his running mate’s significantly more careful and ordinary contentions.
Moreover, Mr. Pence joined Mr. Trump in criticizing Mr. Holt for his treatment of the debate, indicating the nonattendance of inquiries for Mrs. Clinton on her family’s establishment and the 2012 assault on an American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, when she was secretary of state.