The Second Presidential Debate: Few Serious Issues, Many Zingers
By Kaleb McCague
The second presidential debate offered an experience never seen before in a presidential debate. Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off in an extraordinarily personal town-hall style debate. Their first encounter was mediocre at best and offered little in terms of real issues, but the second debate was much more personal, and many zingers and one-liners were tossed around.
Trump has seen his support dwindle recently after a video from 2005 was released of him saying some disgusting and certainly questionable language about women. He has since apologized for his actions, but many high-ranking Republicans have dropped their support of Trump over the video, including 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain and Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
The model that each candidate is setting for the nation and its youth was the opening question; some saw this as a direct shot at Trump after the recent video leaks. Trump started in the debate lobbing insults and letting the public know that he is out to “make America great again.”
Trump did not take too much time waiting to lob insults at Clinton. Clinton strayed away, for the most part, from insulting Donald Trump personally and instead went after his stances and policies. Of course there were times that she went after Trump and also was able to force an apology to the Trump supporters that she has called “deplorable” in the past.
The zingers from Trump came early on and did not stop until the last word was said. One line that mustered a lot of attention was in response to Hillary Clinton’s statement on law and temperament.
Clinton said, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.”
Trump responded, “Yeah, because you’d be in jail.”
The comments and one-liners lasted all night, and the majority of the questions pitched to the candidates from the audience were quickly bypassed in exchange for personal attacks.
The crowd at the second debate was also much more lively and responded to the zingers and one-liners from both candidates.
More interesting than what the crowd did, though, was who was in the crowd. Before the debate, Trump held a small press conference with three women who have claimed that former President Bill Clinton sexually assaulted them and one woman who was raped at a young age and her attacker was publicly defended by Hillary Clinton. After the press conference, all four women accompanied Trump to the debate and sat in the front row at the debate, only a small walk away from where Bill Clinton was sitting.
The debate’s winner was unclear, as most Americans probably felt that neither won and that the American people were the real losers. My last piece compared this election to a colonoscopy, I believe it has been downgraded (or upgraded for some) to a four-hour visit to the BMV.