The second 2016 Presidential Debate came to an end past its 8:30 pm MDT curfew Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Following the introduction of moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump broke customary procedure and did not shake hands prior to the beginning of the debate, behavior that was synonymous throughout *almost* all of the debate on Sunday.
First addressing the tape of lewd comments towards women captured on a hot mic in 2005, Trump admitted he was not proud of what came to light, calling it “locker room talk” and going past that topic onto focusing on some of his foreign policy, specifically in regards to ISIS, almost entirely dismissing the scandal alongside and apology.
“This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it, I apologize to my family, I apologise to the American people certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk. You know when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads… Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it, I hate it, but it’s locker room talk. And it’s one of those things. I will knock the Hell out of ISIS. Were going to defeat ISIS…” said Trump.
Come time for Clinton to respond to the scandal, Clinton acknowledged the scandal calling it very telling towards her opponent’s treatment of women, and how that could extend to his ability to serve as President and Commander-In-Chief. “He has said the video doesn’t represent who he is. But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it, that it represents exactly who he is… we’ve seen that throughout the campaign..” said Clinton.
Clinton went on to list some of the other accusations and actions done by Trump during the campaign, including his comments not only on women but also Latino-Americans, Muslims, people with disabilities, POWs, among others.
Speaking along the topic of sexual assault, Trump went on to mention some of the sexual allegations made to Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, during his presidency, and how Mr Trump himself came to invite some of Bill Clinton’s accusers to the debate.
“When Hillary makes a point like that, when she talks about words I said eleven years ago, I think it’s disgraceful and I think she should be ashamed of herself, if you want to know the truth.” Trump said.
Clinton, making the comment that despite what Trump says and whether it is right or not, Mr Trump gets to run his campaign any way he chooses. But that did not stop Ms Clinton from losing any momentum during the debate.
“When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what my friend Michelle Obama advised us all. ‘When they go low, you go high.’” said Clinton
The response was met with a rousing success of applause from the crowd, though they had been reminded to stay silent during the debate.
Mr Trump did not mince words, however, on the topic of would would be done should he be president, calling that he would actively use his authority as Commander-In-Chief to investigate and go after Ms Clinton.
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.” said Mr Trump.
With regards to security and on ISIS, Trump accused Clinton of not being able to fight ISIS because she simply won’t call them extremist Islamic terrorism.
“To solve a problem, you need to state what the problem is or at least state the name. She won’t say the name, and President Obama won’t say the name. But the name is there, it’s Radical Islamic Terror.” said Trump.
Clinton then said that under her presidency against terrorism, not the religion of Islam itself; the difference being that islamist violence is terror in the image of the distortion of Islam, not that it is the true representation of Islam. By acting as though the actions of ISIS are in the name of Islam by calling them “Islamic”, we the American people are only adding to ISIS’s goal to show that their horrendous acts of terror are in the image of Islam, the only image of Islam, though that is simply not true.
“It’s also very short-sided and even dangerous to be engaging in the kind of demagogic rhetoric that Donald has about Muslims…We are not at war with Islam, and it is a mistake and it plays into the hands of the terrorists to act as though we are.” said Clinton.
Almost seven minutes overtime for the debate, NBC managed to allow one last person to ask the question despite all the attacks the candidates threw at each other in this election.
“Would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another.” said Karl Becker, and undecided voter from Missouri.
The question, quite different from any other question, was greeted with a very positive reaction from the audience.
Despite the fact she can’t agree with almost anything her opponent says, it does not stop her from admiring the devotion his children have towards him.
“Look, I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted to and I think that says a lot about Donald. I don’t agree with nearly anything else he says, or does, but I do respect that.” said Clinton.
“Well, I would consider her statement about my children to be a very nice compliment. I don’t know if it was meant as a compliment, but I’m very proud of my children. And, they’ve done a wonderful job…I will say this about Hillary: She doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She’s a fighter, I disagree with much of what she’s fighting for, I do disagree with her judgement in many cases, but she does fight hard and she doesn’t quit and she doesn’t give up.” said Trump.
Wrapping up the debate the candidates did shake hands at the end of the event, with all eyes now on the upcoming debate on October 19, 2016.