Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

For 48 hours his campaign had been in full meltdown mode.

Donald Trump’s response? To let Trump be Trump — and then some.

There was, of course, the tape heard ’round the world — the one with him bragging that he can “grab” women “by the p***y” simply because he’s “a star.”

There were the unprecedented defections: more than a dozen sitting Republican senators and scores of other GOP officials tripping over each other to declare they could no longer in good conscience support his candidacy.

There was the defiant “apology” video; the conservative pleas for a new nominee; the weekend spent hiding out, huddling with friends and family, in his namesake Manhattan tower.

By the time Trump sauntered on stage at Washington University Sunday night for the second debate of the 2016 presidential election — his odds of winning the White House dwindling, his remaining options unclear — pretty much everyone in America was asking the same question:

Which Donald Trump would show up in St. Louis?

Minutes later, the answer was obvious: the Trumpiest Trump ever. “I pledge to be a better man tomorrow,” Trump had said in his apology video. But during the debate, he wasn’t a better man. He was the same man, only more so.

This was the Trump that the alt-right website Breitbart had championed all cycle. The Trump that the loyalists who spent the weekend at Trump Tower encouraged him to be. The Trump that your neighbor with the “Hillary for Prison” T-shirt keeps posting about on Facebook.

This Trump went to 11.

Never before has a presidential nominee of either party behaved on a debate stage like Trump behaved Tuesday night. Much of what he said would have seemed inconceivable in past presidential forums.

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Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, sits with, from right, Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey, before the second presidential debate with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Washington University, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the second presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton watch during the second presidential debate sbetween Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.,Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Julio Cortez/AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Jim Young/Reuters)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Hillary Clinton (R) speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during the town hall debate at Washington University on Oct. 9, 2016 in St Louis, Mo. (Photo: Rick Wilking-Pool/Getty Images)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: John Locher/AP)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Donald Trump responds to questions during the town hall debate at Washington University on Oct. 9, 2016 in St Louis, Mo. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., on Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton answers a question from the audience during their presidential town hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the town hall debate at Washington University on Oct. 9, 2016 in St Louis, Mo. (Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Hillary Clinton speaks as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens during the town hall debate at Washington University on Oct. 9, 2016 in St Louis, Mo. (Photo: Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Body language: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off for their second fiery debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton following the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)