Presidential Debate or Terrible Sitcom?

Debate between Trump and Clinton very childish.

By Quinn McDowell and Caleb Stuart

After a week of attacks on both sides, the candidates met at Washington University in St. Louis on Oct. 9. With less than a month until Election Day, the second debate was shown in a town hall format, meaning audience members get to ask questions directly to the candidates. Going in, tensions were high, as for the first time the candidates didn’t shake hands at the beginning of the debate.

This is a very consequential debate for Donald Trump. After a tape came out on Friday, Oct. 7, where Trump was recorded saying very misogynistic things about women, many high ranking Republicans have pulled support for him. They and the Republican Party as a whole have said that if Trump didn’t do well at the debate, they will pull their further support and funding. This debate, if Donald Trump didn’t do well, could cripple Trump so close to the election.

It was a very childish debate between two people running for the most important job in the country. Donald Trump consistently complained about the moderators and the job they were doing, and Secretary Clinton was dodging questions she didn’t want to answer. Clinton quoted First Lady Michelle Obama at the beginning, saying “When they go low, we go high.” Clinton tried hard to stick to this, but sometimes she came off as childish, such as when Trump pointed out that First Lady Michelle Obama had made some nasty remarks regarding Clinton during her husband’s campaign.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Clinton won the debate. Despite this, the Republican Party Chairman, Reince Priebus, states “We’re sticking with Trump.”  However, other Republicans, like Paul Ryan, are refusing to campaign with Trump.  According to Real Clear Politics, Clinton has most likely won at least 115 votes while Trump has won at least 49 votes.

In the end, the debate turned into an argument over who had done worse things in their past: delete emails or brag about groping women. Our take on this? Just because Trump did a nasty thing 11 years ago does not mean that he can shrug it off today.  “It’s just locker room talk,” said Trump.  If Trump is not kind to people privately or publicly, how can he be fit to run the United States of America?

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