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2016 Presidential Debate

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However, Clinton would not let him off so easily. One of the most powerful moments of the debate came when the conversation focused on the so-called birther debate following Trump’s recent acknowledgement that President Obama was born in the U.S. She stated that Trump had “tried to the whole racist, birther lie to bed. But it can’t be dismissed that easily. He has started his campaign activity based on this racist lie” Clinton did not hold back from calling Trump a racist. Turning to the topic of President Obama, Clinton topped off her comments by borrowing the wildly popular phrase from Michelle Obama’s Democratic National Convention speech: “When they go low, we go high”.

When Clinton highlighted the possibility that Trump may have avoided paying millions of dollars in taxes, Trump couldn’t resist the urge to score a point. Avoiding income tax “makes me smart,” he declared with no shame. Trump has built his identity on being a popular businessman. At one point, Trump attacked Clinton for posting her plan to defeat ISIS on her website. Furthermore, as Clinton noted later in the debate, Trump has laid out nothing closely to a plan to address the threat of ISIS. Things really unraveled for Trump when Clinton brought up his many past sexist comments. Trump then came close to bringing up Bill Clinton’s infidelity, before thinking that not bringing it up made him not sexist. I will admit Trump came out swinging at the beginning of the debate, and made some effective points on the economy and jobs. But the debate highlighted Trump’s tendency to make false claims as he made inaccurate statements on everything from laws.

Coming into the presidential debate, I thought that if Hillary Clinton won decisively, she would lock up the election. Coming out, it was clear that she did win decisively but I suspect that the campaign will remain pretty close. She carefully explained her arguments and facts and then sent them into battle with a smile. She rolled out a long list of indictments against Donald Trump, often damaging. Meanwhile, he came unprepared, had nothing fresh to say, and increasingly give way to rants. In fact, Clinton did her homework on Trump and I must say it paid off during the debate. She bought up his handful of bankruptcies, allegations that he’s stiffed workers, his pinning for the housing crisis for his own benefit and his aversion to releasing his under-audit tax returns.

In Conclusion, Clinton did American a big favor: she revealed Trump’s limitations. He is simply unable to make those leaps of imagination and to transform from a businessman to a national political leader. The candidate who claims to do everything big showed the smallness of his thinking Monday. Clinton did not let opportunities go by without scoring points against Trump. Moreover, Clinton showed herself to be the kind of person you want in the White House She presented a clear vision how to help working families and continue America on the path to security and prosperity.


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