I’ll be honest, with everything that’s transpired since the last presidential debate – including Donald Trump’s last-minute farce of a “press conference” where four women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault sat next to a self-admitted sexual predator spouting off many claims that have been debunked by statements made under oath – I really had no idea what to expect from tonight’s debate.
The only thing my gut told me was that we might see one of the most unusual debates in United States history.
While it wasn’t as much of a circus as I thought it would be, this was definitely not one of our nation’s best moments.
Hillary Clinton was clearly the more composed, professional and, most importantly, presidential of the two. She was put in a difficult position considering most of what she faced was having to debunk the constant lies Donald Trump told throughout the evening, on top of dealing with him constantly interrupting her like he did during the first debate.
For me, this was a debate between an adult and a petulant child. From Trump’s constant interruptions, to the petty way he tried to make everything he said into a personal attack on her — he came off like an immature man-child who clearly lacks the temperament, maturity and intelligence to be president.
At times I actually felt sorry for Clinton because you could look at her and tell she was disgusted at the way Trump constantly lied, issued petty attacks and continually interrupted her.
For Trump, it was clear he was in “attack mode” the entire night. The best way I would summarize his performance was an incoherent, often-rambling word salad of conservative blog headlines and conspiracies.
Then there was his constant whining about “Clinton got more time” — when she actually didn’t. I’m going to go ahead and predict that his big “spin” on tonight is going to be “I was treated unfairly, it was 3 on 1, and it was clear this was rigged to help Clinton.”
Though maybe my favorite part was when he accused her of being an ineffective senator because she couldn’t — single-handedly — pass tax reform. Even though during her entire time in Congress we had a Republican president and the GOP held control in both the House and the Senate — making it impossible to pass the kind of reforms Democrats support.
However, the most pathetic thing I saw tonight was Trump more or less defend his grotesque “grab them by the p–sy” comments as “locker room talk,” essentially making an excuse for what he said. Sure, he said he was sorry — but you can tell he’s not. In his mind, and it was proven by his own answers tonight, it’s clear he doesn’t think what he said was a big deal.
This was truly a night where we saw one competent adult on stage dealing with an unhinged, ill-tempered pathological liar.
The 2016 presidential election was already one of the most important election’s in most of our lifetimes for many reasons. However, with Donald Trump’s unexpected rise to the top of the Republican party’s presidential ladder, it’s made the election about saving this country from electing the most terrifying person to ever get this close to the White House.
This election is as much about preserving all the progress we’ve made in this country, while hoping to usher in even more, as it is about doing everything we can to make damn sure Trump isn’t our next president.
We cannot allow that to happen.
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