Overview of the First Presidential Debate
By Ted Fairfield
After the first debate, a new leader has topped the presidential polls: neither.
As the debate began on Monday night, Trump advocates jumped for joy as they saw a calm, collected Donald Trump. They thought, “Trump might actually win this election.” What they did not foresee, though, was the inevitable truth: Trump could not possibly win the presidency due to his own personality, such as his rude and unnecessary comments on other people’s superficial appearance (at least in any ordinary year). But this year’s election cycle has been anything but ordinary.
Throughout the night, the American people continued to see a flawed Trump; a Trump whose policy remains almost nonexistent, a Trump whose debate tactics revolve around ridiculing others, and a Trump who should have never won the Republican Nomination for President.
At this point, people must be asking themselves, “How has Clinton not “trumped” Trump?” The answer lies with Secretary Clinton’s flaws. Clinton has been consumed with many different scandals, including her Benghazi scandal, her Clinton Foundation scandal, and most famously, her Email scandal. Many dismiss these scandals as non-issues, but some of arguments of the accusers would have serious implications on Clinton’s character if they were to be true. For example, if she really did take money from foreign governments as payment for doing deeds as Secretary of State, that would not only make Clinton a felon, but also validate Trump’s attacks on Clinton’s character.
Both sides of the political spectrum have stayed steadfast in their views. Republicans have an extreme dislike for the Obama administration’s condescension and lack of success (or as The Washington Free Beacon called the President, “Our Lecturer-in-Chief”). Republicans also take issue with Clinton’s ever multiplying scandals. On the other side of the spectrum, Democrats dislike for Trump goes far beyond his political affiliation. It is a personal disdain and abhorrence for his attitude, brash remarks, and offensive language.
At this juncture, no one can predict the outcome of this battle, especially if Trump continues with his disrespectful rhetoric and Clinton’s scandals continue to grow more and more ubiquitous. One thing is for sure: “neither” has never seemed like a better option.