Source: NBC News
The first presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton last night was one for the books. There were quite a few heated arguments, as one would expect, and this one proved to be a great indication of what we should expect for the next 43 days of their running.
There was quite a list of topics for this debate, but some in particular were more popular, especially when going on Twitter and Facebook. Most people who watched the debate seemed to be posting about taxes, ISIS, racial issues, foreign affairs, and the economy. Most people talked about Trump, but there were also a select few posting about Clinton; bad and good things were said about both candidates from each person who had a say.
The debate started out lenient and gradually became heated. The first speaker was Hillary, and even though she was able to get her point across, Trump showed very little consideration for her time, interrupting so much that it seemed like her time was cut in half.
She was asked a couple of questions about ISIS. While giving her opinion, Trump repeatedly said “Hillary helped create ISIS.” ISIS suddenly fell out of the picture, and soon the two were just bagging on each other. Trump was very confident, saying, “My strongest asset is my temperament,” which he said to try and stir up Hillary’s anger even more than it had already been. The topic on ISIS, even though we had a strong opinion presented to us on both sides, was not taken nearly as seriously as it should have been.
Racial issues eventually came up, and with it, once again came Trump’s lack of respect, addressing the problem in an offensive matter. There were strong opinions, both somewhat biased, and both ended up allowing room for one nominee to tear down the other. It was Hillary this time, who went way off topic, in an attempt to throw Trump for a loop, and to make him look worse than he already does. She brought up how he was not a good person to talk to when it comes to racial issues, reminding Trump voters of what he thinks of women, and what he has said about them. “Trump refers to women as Pigs, Dogs, and Slobs”.
Trump was not fazed, as he never seems to be, saying Hillary was trying to say things that helped her, because she can’t compete with him. He assured everyone that she was not capable of being president. “Hillary does not have the stamina to be president” were his exact words. The retaliation about this went on and on, never fully giving viewers a good enough argument to drive their votes to either candidate. The two nominees undoubtedly may be strong debaters, but they still have not shown their full potential in leading the country efficiently.
Foreign Affairs was the other topic that seemed to pop out more than others. Both brought up really good arguments. Trump’s go-to was his idea that our Visa Program needs to be fixed. He thinks it’s stupid we don’t have “Enter, Exit Schedules,” and he wants to fix our Embassy problem, by requiring more efficiency when hiring Consulates, and making the Consulates do their jobs more efficiently. Hillary talked a lot about Iran, and the Nuclear deal we made with them in 2015. She stressed that it was the right decision. She believes that Iran should be our main Middle Eastern Hegemony, knowing that Saudi Arabia has been violating Geneva Convention laws since we first started oil deals with them. Trump, on the other hand, says that regardless of what Saudi Arabia is doing, the deal with Iran is terrible. He was very fervent in his belief that Iran is out to destroy our Middle Eastern allies, and will eventually betray us and become our enemy. Even though this one topic was a success in providing logical options with each nominee, there was still much more personal arguments and trash talking amongst the two. Overall the entire debate was one I thought of as pathetic. I personally think that both nominees are terrible. The only reason I would vote, is to try and help avoid the nomination of the worse of the two nominees.
Opinion Editor: Adellaide Nielson, Maria Jacome
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