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What We Learned From Last Night's Presidential Debate

What We Learned From Last Night's Presidential Debate

So, here we are. The home stretch of the strangest election cycle in American history. 42 more days until we, as Americans, decide who will lead lead the free world the next four years of the United States. In the red corner, we have a former First Lady & former Secretary of State, whose legacy has been recently tarnished by alleged untrustworthiness in a recent e-mail “scandal.” In the blue corner, we have a self-acclaimed billionaire disguised as a racist, sexist, bigot with zero political experience & no known knowledge of any type of government policy. Like I said, this is the strangest election cycle in American history.

Monday night marked the first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton & Donald Trump, & it lacked nothing in regards to the oddity of this entire presidential campaign. The 90-minute back & forth between the two presidential nominees who’s views on American politics could not be any more different than they already are further proved the ever-growing gap between the two. Hillary wasted no time as she specifically provided her plans on she would help improve & push America forward during her time in office, while Trump basked in his glory while stating how proud he was to be able to get Obama to provide his birth certificate…five years ago. In between various sniffles, Donald Trump used keywords like “many, many” & “very good” to address his potential plans should he be voted in The White House in November.

One thing that stood out the most to me, aside from his vast readiness for this debate, was the fact that Trump seemed to have trouble forming grammatically correct sentences in between his numerous swigs of water. When talking about his self worth, Trump described the worth of one of his companies as, “Worth many, many billions of dollars.” When talking about potentially reintroducing “stop & frisk” in his new plans of “law & order,” Trump disputed Hillary’s fact check that “stop & frisk” was deemed unconstitutional by saying it was ruled in that favor by, “Very against police judges.” Don’t worry, we were just as confused as you were.

For those of you that have followed this presidential campaign over the past nine months, you understand the rhetoric that Donald Trump has spewed to his voters has often drudged over the “politically correct” lines & entered the racist, sexist territory I spoke about at the beginning of this. Monday night was no different. After introducing the debate audience to his new plans of “law & order,” Trump also said that “stop & frisk” should also be allowed, seemingly at ease in the same breath. When was asked about race issues in America, any questions I had about Hillary readiness for this debate washed away as she introduced new policies for police reform. She also wasted no time in pulling the ‘race issue rug’ right from underneath Trump after denouncing Trump after he was sued in 1973 for using “racist practices” within a number of his businesses. Trump’s response was essentially, “Well, I wasn’t the only one.”

For those like me, Presidential Debate #1 didn’t do much in terms of putting Americans at ease about the country’s future, but it did provide a few takeaways & make things a bit clearer for the 100 million viewers that were said to be watching the debate. Firstly, Lester Holt should probably take a mini-vacation from moderation duties after Trump manhandled him & essentially showed Holt his own scrotum from behind the podium. Secondly, Trump shows no signs of being more respectful towards Hillary after interrupting her 51 times during Monday night’s debate. Also, I was slightly worried about Hillary at the beginning of the debate as a lot of her talking points weren’t resonating with me & I couldn’t see how they would stick with viewers who are far less educated than I am. However, like any veteran, sometimes it takes a little extra time to get warmed up & it’s not about how you start but it’s about how you finish & Hillary finished with a game one victory. Lastly, I’m clearly going to need more wine for the second Presidential Debate on October 9th. Please, send me suggestions.

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