The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was certainly a non-traditional one. Although Hillary Clinton provided the audience with many effective arguments that appeal to facts and her character, Donald Trump had a different approach.
Throughout the debate, Trump could not stop interrupting Clinton to say the facts and quotes she was speaking were incorrect. He did not acknowledge that he said any of the offensive statements that Hillary and the audience clearly knew were true. Instead of saying anything fresh or important, Trump would take the defensive side and interject to tell Hillary what she was saying was not true, when it obviously was. In the small instance that Trump would actually answer the question he was asked, he would briefly talk about his idea on the topic, then talk about himself using ethos to appeal to his own character.
On the other hand, Hillary Clinton used effective rhetorical appeals to persuade the audience to vote for her. When she was not calling out Trump for his offensive comments or his lack of releasing his tax returns, Hillary was stating her views on controversial topics in a strong and clear way. Her overall composure when Trump was rudely interrrupting her was calm, showing her professional attitude.
Overall, the debate showed Hillary Clinton's experience and preparation, and Trump's lack of it. Both parties probably agree that Trump definitely has some work to do to make up for this one.