“I prepared to be president. And I think that’s a good thing,” said Hilary Clinton in response to Donald Trump at the first Presidential Debate.
Well, the first 2016 Presidential debate is over and nothing seemed to be really clarified during it. On one side we have Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton, and on the other side we have the Republican candidate, the infamous Donald Trump. I think most people can agree that Trump was an unlikely candidate whom many people, including myself, assumed would not make it to the primaries let alone the general election.
This debate was supposed to answer some of the questions that had still been gnawing at Americans and unfortunately, I think it is safe to say that those questions remained unanswered. The two candidates spent a lot of time bickering and cutting each other and Lester Holt, the moderator, off. They both took their fair share of jabs at each other and their respective parties.
Donald Trump still came across as his boisterous self, but Hilary seemed to be quite calm and unbothered. And to no surprise, social media caught on very quickly as there are tons of memes circulating today of Clinton and Trump. Furthermore, “thirty years” seemed to be the number one phrase coming out of Trump’s mouth. He continued to state that Clinton has been in politics for “thirty years” and has not made any progress. Whether he is right or wrong is ultimately for the voter to decide. Throughout the debate, as Trump took his jabs, Clinton seemed composed and confident. Numerous times Trump stated what he felt were facts about Clinton, but she just stood there most times with a smug and unaffected look on her face. After all, she has been doing this for 30 years.
When it comes to policies, Trump still wants to build a wall and he is still convinced Mexico and China are stealing all of American’s jobs. Trump also stated that he would release his tax returns when the IRS stops auditing him. Moreover, the topic of race relations was a major focal point that lead to a deeper discussion about Stop and Frisk. Trump stated his support for NYC’s use of Stop and Frisk, but if you remember, Stop and Frisk is actually illegal. Of course, Clinton’s email scandal was discussed, but she quickly and eloquently shifted the conversation back toward her goals and policies.
All in all, this debate was definitely not short of shady comments, name-calling and sneak disses. We still have a lot of unanswered questions, but maybe some progress will be made at the next debate. *crosses fingers*
The next debate is Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 9pm. Be sure to watch and register to vote!