The American People…
Because at this point, I’d rather vote a cat for president (my vote goes to Grumpy Cat)…
Last night, the first presidential debate was held in Hofstra University. Moderated by NBC anchor Lester Holt, the debate was…well… it was definitely something…
I was going to approach this topic in a different way: political commentators have, for some time, been saying that this debate will be catered to the undecided voters or those who usually don’t pay much attention to the politics in general, so both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be trying to gain favor with that group of voters in particular.
So, I was going to focus solely on the debate, but that turned out to be essentially impossible: between the flying lies coming out of the screen and just the absolute chaos of everything, we’ll have to consult a few fact-checkers, go back through Donald Trump’s Twitter account and remind ourselves of everything that’s happened involving these two candidates for the past year or so.
But first, the debate (but not the actual debating):
IT WAS COMPLETE CHAOS. From the start, poor Lester Holt lost total control of the debate. Both candidates went over the time limit and would not listen when Holt told them their time was up. Trump even went as far as to shush and (continually) interrupt him. At times, I couldn’t even tell what the two candidates were saying because they were just talking over each other.
The composures and attitudes of the two candidates varied greatly: Trump seemed all over the place…he was incredibly unprepared, and the number of times he interrupted both Clinton and Holt is astonishingly rude. You want Law and Order, Mr. Trump? How about we start with you exercising common debate courtesy. No, your greatest asset is most definitely not your temperament…On the other hand, Clinton was much more composed, though she too occasionally ignored poor Holt when he tried to get the two candidates back on topic.
Speaking of “on topic,” let’s move on to the debating part of the debate:
LOL, what happened? Was anything new said? Were any of their plans for the country carefully delineated? Nope. Nope.
Nothing substantial was touched on about the economy, and the segment about race failed miserably. Clinton, to attract more moderate Conservative voters, didn’t really say much, and Trump was just full of B.S. (When African-Americans are getting beat up at your rallies, that says more about both you and your base’s attitudes and beliefs about race than those two minutes on state…) Heck, none of the questions were even directly answered! (LOL at the last question, which was essentially a yes-no question and of course Trump had to make it about his “Make America Great Again” campaign…and deportations?!?)
What happened was just the two candidates attacking and throwing some (albeit hilarious) shade at each other. What happened was one candidate was very prepared, and the other not so much. What happened was probably the most surreal presidential debate since the first televised presidential debate in 1960.
Also, Mr. Trump, saying “WRONG” about a hundred times will not change the fact that you’re wrong. The fact is that you DID say that climate change was a Chinese hoax. You also DID support the Iraq war. You definitely also weren’t the one who made Obama show his birth certificate, but you were the one who, until this year, kept claiming he wasn’t born in the U.S.
So what did I learn from watching the first debate? Nothing. I did learn that Mr. Trump thinks the 2008 collapse of the economy was good for his business (YES, BECAUSE AS LONG AS YOUR BUSINESS PROFITS, WE DON’T CARE ABOUT THE 13 MILLION AMERICANS WHO LOST THEIR HOMES), that he thinks getting audited every year is a good thing (???), that it was smart for him to avoid paying federal taxes (!!!), and that he admits to taking advantage of U.S. laws to profit his business (what a great indicator of how he’ll act in office…). AND WHY WAS HE TRYING TO ARGUE WITH HOLT THAT STOP-AND-FRISK WAS CONSTITUTIONAL? It ain’t, because it’s inherently racist. From Clinton, I heard nothing new either, though at least she stayed (relatively) on topic and her arguments were, more or less, well-founded (but very surface-level.)
But perhaps the biggest losers in this debate is the American public. For those who haven’t been keeping close track of the election (though TBH, how is that possible?), the debate shed no light or pointed in the direction of either candidate. For those who do know what’s going on, well…Damn, how did we get ourselves into such deep shit?
(Also, HOW ARE CLINTON AND TRUMP TIED IN POLLS???)