Clinton Vs. Trump Round 1

2016 US presidential election, Hilary Clinton, Donald Trump

Were it only this civil during the debate.

My snaps of the debate, in chronological order (he = Trump, she = Clinton):

Excellent debate, and he’s actually doing a decent job….he’s reigned back the populism finally.

Moderator can’t control either.

Now he’s spouting empty phrases and she’s speaking in generalities. They both really are terrible.

Now the IRS issue has come up. He’s still evading the issue of releasing his taxes. He’s saying that if she releases her 30,000 emails then he’ll release his income tax statements. He’s brought up the email issue.

He has brought up a good point about the US being a debtor nation.

She’s just retaliated with an attack on his business record, as he’s indicated that his main qualifier as president is his business record.

Trump: “I take advantage of the laws of the nation.”

Race is now being debated.

Trump: gang members are illegal immigrants.

Clinton: the criminal justice system needs to be reformed.

Both agree that there needs to be a better relationship between the community and police.

Trump is claims that the birth certificate issue was resolved by him. He’s avoiding the point that he still denied, for 5 years, the fact that Obama released his birth certificate and made the issue moot.

Now onto cyber warfare.

He just called Clinton a political hack. He’s insinuating that cyber warfare is the fault of the current administration. We need to do ‘cyber’ better, apparently.

He’s made a good point about NATO countries not putting enough money/resources into that organization. He’s now denying that he was against the Iraq invasion.

She is so strong on national security issues. This area is her strength and it must be her passion as well, as she’s just gone electric in speaking to this topic. Her knowledge and experience are beautifully showcased here.

Trump is saying that China should take care of the North Korea issue. He’s attacking the Iran nuclear deal. They both agree that nuclear weapons are the most pressing and dangerous issue of the day.

My 97 year-old grandmother interjects at this point: “It looks like she has more makeup on her right cheek than on her left.” “I think it’s the lighting, Babcia.” and that’s probably what most of the hoi polloi are thinking too, as they flip through the news channels airing the debate.

Trump: “We cannot be the policemen of the world.”

He seems to think that he is the one who would be negotiating trade deals and the like. President rarely does the actual negotiating. He really doesn’t know how government works.

Moderator really isn’t strong enough to reign the candidates back.

Trump did say that he’s support Clinton if she won.

And that’s all folks. Draw your own conclusions; I’ve tried to present mostly objective bits and a couple of personal insights. Who won the debate, you ask? If you are a Trump supporter, Trump won. If you are a Clinton supporter, Clinton won.

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4 thoughts on “Clinton Vs. Trump Round 1

  1. I commend you on writing this post in an objective manner – it is hard to do. It is equally challenging to make sense of the discourse that even here in Canada we have slowly become accustomed to: the views of a group of people normally considered to be ‘the fringe’ now having reached into the main-stream.

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    • Thank you for the kind comment and the nod towards objectivity. I tried to be balanced in both compliments and in criticisms, although I do favour one candidate over another. Watching the presidential race reminds me how much more balanced and tame our politics are by comparison.

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