All eyes were on tonight’s 2nd presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, each viewer knowing that this was likely going to be a defining moment in this year’s election.
Trump needed to offset the recent leak regarding his “locker room talk” about women, and Clinton needed to engage the voters with more than just political jargon. This was a particularly important moment for Donald Trump, for if he were to fail at rebounding from the recent media firestorm, he would have a much harder time recovering his position before the election. In essence, this debate was “make or break” for Mr. Trump.
The debate started out with questions around Trump’s language and respect for women, as everyone knew it would, while Hillary lambasted him up and down. Trump maneuvered through this question by first apologizing and admitting his faults, then turning the attention towards Bill Clinton’s abuse of women and Hillary’s complicity in her husband’s actions.
Trump stated that although he used poor language, Bill Clinton took physical action that harmed the lives of real women who were sitting in the audience at this very time.
He also related how Hillary, when she was a young lawyer, defended a client charged with violently raping a 12-year-old girl, accusing her of “fantasizing” about being raped. That little girl is all grown up now, and she was also in the audience tonight, which Trump pointed out. He also explained how Hillary laughed, twice, about getting the rapist off easy with time served for his charges.
There were many times throughout the debate that Trump got the better of Hillary, attacking her failures and poor record over a 30 year long political career, and Clinton’s only response was:
“That’s just not true.” or “That’s all lies.” or “Go to my website.”
Not a very powerful response, but a safe one as Clinton knows she cannot argue some of her proven lies and failures. She is also not very skilled at speaking on her feat in dynamic situations that aren’t strictly policy driven, which is why she comes off as ineffective in the face of Donald Trump’s attacks.
Hillary Clinton’s low point during the debate came when the moderator asked her to explain her recently leaked statements about having “one policy in private, and another in public”.
Surprisingly, Clinton defended her private/public policies by referencing Abraham Lincoln, seeming to insinuate that he used the same tactics to pass the 13th amendment.
“I was making the point that it is hard sometimes to get the congress to do what you want to do,”Clinton said.
She described Lincoln’s strategy as: “Trying to convince some people he used some arguments, convincing other people he used other arguments.”
Trump’s response was direct and memorable:
So ridiculous,’ said Trump.
She got caught in a total lie… She lied. And now she’s blaming the lie on the late, great Abraham Lincoln – Honest Abe.’
“Honest Abe never lied. That’s the difference between him and you.’ Trump’s explosive attack on Clinton over her leaked speech about different ‘public and private positions.”
Another low point for Hillary during the debate was when she kept blaming Russia for the hacks and embarrassing leaks taking place within the Democratic party, while insisting that the Russian government was somehow trying to influence the election by assisting Donald Trump. She seriously put forth the notion that Trump was in league with Putin, and wanted to get elected so he could do business deals with Russia. I highly doubt Trump would feel the need to run for president just to make a few bucks on Russian business deals, since it seems he’s been doing just fine without them his entire life.
The coming week and updated polls will tell an interesting story about voter’s reactions to both the Trump recording and the 2nd presidential debate tonight. This election year has been anything but predictable, but one thing you can count on is the mainstream media painting a rosy picture of Hillary Clinton while continuing to relentlessly attack Donald Trump.
2016 2nd Presidential Debate Outcome:
Donald Trump lands a victory once again as the media and establishment politicians thought they finally had him beat.
Hillary Clinton proves she has nothing new to offer and will maintain the status quo in politics.