Presidential Debate #2 began with an onslaught of personal attacks and ended with hugs and kisses. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are both far from likable characters, and last night they both took the stage with the intention of swinging some undecided voters in their favor. Once again, Trump supports are going to say he crushed it and won the debate and Hilary supporters are going to say she won with dignity and poise. Audience members, the moderators and twitter users all stole the show at times, but there was plenty of entertainment taking place on stage to make this debate one to remember. Let’s get into the Recap, Breakdown, Analysis, Takeaways and Winners/Losers.
Things Get Personal
From the very beginning, we saw personal attacks get thrown at each candidate. It started with Trump’s leaked audio where he was caught nonchalantly discussing sexually assaulting women. I think people were expecting Trump to get down on his knees and beg America for forgiveness. What he did instead was reduce his comments to nothing more than “locker room talk,” and offer a casual apology about this embarrassing controversy. And that pretty much was the end of that storyline, as the conversation was then switched to Clinton’s history of scandals. Trump wasted no time shooting back at Hillary, caller her “the devil,” accused her of having “tremendous hate,” and declared she would be in jail if he was president. He blamed her for a lot of our problems in the Middle East and domestic political corruption. Hillary’s response to all of these accusations were rather dismissive and vague, and that isn’t a very effective defense when undecided voters are looking for reasons why or why not to vote for someone. Trump got backed into a corner early, but fighting back with personal attacks is what he does best.
Hillary and Donald are masters of the art of spin zone. When accused of something negative, turn it into a positive or an attack on your opponent. There were two notable spin zones last. When Trump was asked about his nearly $1 billion dollar loss in the 90’s that might have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for nearly two decades, he replied by saying Hillary’s failure as a senator allowed him and her other billionaire friends to get away with it. Wow. All of a sudden Hillary is the bad guy. Hillary had her own spin zone when asked about whether it’s OK to be “two-faced” and have a “public” and “private” position on issues, saying
Daniel Day Lewis Abraham Lincoln used different arguments with different lawmakers to end slavery. Woah. Did Hilary just end slavery again? I think so.
One on Three
As soon the moderators asked their first question to Trump about his lewd remarks in the leaked audio, Trump heard the “Rains of Castamere” in his head. The first 10-15 minutes of the debate were simply an attempt to knock Trump off his feet, as he was grilled by not only Hillary, but also moderators Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper. When the conversation shifted towards Hillary’s email scandals, Trump was quick to notice her answers weren’t suffering from the same intense scrutiny as his. “Nice, one on three,” he quipped. “Why don’t you interrupt her? You interrupt me all the time,” Trump said to Raddatz later in the debate, as he and her had a heated exchange. You don’t need to be a paranoid Trump thumper to notice bias from the two moderators last night, and it was a little unsettling how unprofessional they were at times.
- A freaking fly landed on Hillary’s face and she didn’t even notice, so she’s definitely a robot right?
- Trump admitted that he and his running mate disagree on Syria, and it doesn’t seem like they’ve ever met each other
- There was a serious question about Trump tweeting about a sex tape at 3am, and this is politics in 2016
- Hilary said its a good thing Trump is not in charge of the laws in our country, he said yeah because you’d be in jail. BOOM
- Trump jumped all over Hillary’s Lincoln remarks, noting that she is the opposite of Honest Abe
- Every news article written about the debate contains the words “stop the bleeding,” “scorched earth,” and/or “Kenneth Bone”
- Speaking of Kenneth Bone, there were some GEMS in the audience last night
- I don’t think people realize how much they are gonna miss this election when its over. These two couldn’t be any more different, and you can tell they hate each other. I kinda feel like they might have been friends with benefits a few years ago and things ended badly so they are taking this really personally, but that might just be me.
Both candidates’ supporters are pretty much decided when it comes to who they will be voting for. But for the undecided voters out there watching the debates, its hard to say who they will lean towards after last night. I really don’t think Hillary did a good enough job bashing Trump, even with all the help from his latest controversy and the two liberal moderators. Trump on the other hand, had some pretty solid points to make, and he made them. Particularly, he was focused on the idea that Hillary is responsible for a lot of the issues in America and the world, and that her extensive experience in politics is not something she should be proud of. In the last question, which was to compliment your opponent, Hillary came off as petty when she only complimented Trump’s family, but Trump’s answer was sincere and humanizing, which is something that I think undecided voters will remember.