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Clinton clearly won debate, and Trump reinforced why he is unfit

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Hillary Clinton showed greater command of the issues during Monday's debate as she rattled Donald J. Trump.

Hillary Clinton showed greater command of the issues during Monday's debate as she rattled Donald J. Trump.

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Hillary Clinton showed greater command of the issues during Monday's debate as she rattled Donald J. Trump.

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It was quite clear that Hillary Clinton won Monday night’s presidential debate.

I’m sure many tuned into the debate to watch Donald J. Trump’s antics, and his campaign has been thriving on his unpredictable and outrageous behavior, but the most obvious thing to emerge from Monday was a clear sign (if it was not already clear enough) that Mr. Trump is not fit by any means to be the leader of this country.

Mr. Trump tried to justify the fact that he has never released his tax returns, he advocated for the controversial police tactic of “stop-and-frisk,” which gives police officers the right to stop and frisk anybody they deem suspicious (and which has been ruled unconstitutional in federal court), and when asked about his part in the “birther” movement concerning President Obama, he claimed that Mrs. Clinton’s campaign started the whole thing, which is an outright lie.

When asked why he continued to press the matter years after Mr. Obama’s birth certificate was officially released, he responded: “But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job.”

Mr. Trump did exactly what Mrs. Clinton wanted him to do. He acted like himself, including his standard, glowing appraisal of his own business successes. There are a lot of differences between running a business, in which the goal is to make money and protect the bottom line, and running a country, a position in which you must worry about people.

I guess in Trump’s mind running a business and running the country are the same thing, but it simply isn’t analogous.

Throughout the debate, Mr. Trump interrupted both Mrs. Clinton and moderator Lester Holt, who attempted to keep the debate moving along smoothly. Mr. Trump’s ego and dominant personality would not allow him to be professional; instead he was the loud mouth, the same old ignorant Donald Trump we saw at the Republican primary debates.

Mrs. Clinton, on the other hand, was calm and professional. She was clear with her answers and they were fact checked. Whether you love or hate Mrs. Clinton, you cannot deny her readiness and preparation for Monday. She agitated Mr. Trump throughout with her greater command of the issues and her sly personal digs at Mr. Trump.

The latter was never more clear than when Mrs. Clinton aggressively bashed Mr. Trump on his views toward women,  saying that “this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs.”

As the debate entered the final 30 minutes, Mrs. Clinton clearly had Mr. Trump rattled, not because she made cheap remarks about him but because she was so obviously more prepared, and actually deserved to be standing up there on the stage.

Mr. Trump appeals to the angry, disenfranchised, mostly white segment of America. Even though his unfiltered, oftentimes offensive remarks have worked in the past to get him to this point, I think things are going to start to crumble around Mr. Trump in the weeks ahead, as his antics further show the American people how unfit he is to be leader of the free world.

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Steven Richardson, Senior writer

Steven is a senior and has been attending AMSA since 6th grade. He is the resident cartoonist for The AMSA Voice. He has always had an interest in the...

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One Response to “Clinton clearly won debate, and Trump reinforced why he is unfit”

  1. Megan on October 3rd, 2016 10:54 pm

    I wish this website had more varied viewpoints, instead of just left wing ones. Disappointed that both election articles were left wing to say the least… Intellectual diversity should be important at a school like AMSA but unfortunately this is not showcased on The Voice.
    a lot of what is said in this article would be deemed offensive and sexist if said about Mrs. Clinton. This once again shows the media’s double standards when it comes to how they treat Trump versus Clinton. The idea that Trump only appeals to the “angry” and “disenfranchised” is ridiculous, and the way this article talks about Trump supporters is very similar to Hillary’s view of Trumps supporters… that they are a “basket of deplorables”. This negative stereotype of Trump supporters is divisive at the least.
    Finally. if you believe in the United States’ government system, the Trump DID deserve to stand on the stage (contrary to what you stated) whether you like him or not. He got there through due process just like Clinton (actually this is a bit debatable with Clinton, because as revealed in the DNC leak, there was a HUGE bias against Bernie Sanders).
    I hope The Voice will consider bringing in some more varied opinions, as it seems to only be one opinion showcased throughout the entire website.

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