This second debate and the November election is all about Donald Trump. You are either for or against him. It is Donald Trump’s election to win or lose. Votes for Hillary Clinton are really vote against Donald Trump. Trump has put himself front and center.
The first 30 minutes of the second presidential debate was VERY nasty. Donald Trump’s effort to deny he is an abuser of women was a failure. I cannot imagine that any women in America is willing to support him based on his comments about a Miss Universe contestant and the video recording of him on a bus at Universal Studios in Studio City. Billy Bush has been suspended from the Today Show based on that tape.
Examples started from the first question asked by Anderson Cooper:
“You called what you said locker room banter. You described kissing women without consent, grabbing their genitals. That is sexual assault. You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?”
TRUMP: “No, I didn’t say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was — this was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people.”
Later in the debate
TRUMP: “Well, you owe the president an apology, because as you know very well, your campaign, Sidney Blumenthal — he’s another real winner that you have — and he’s the one that got this started, along with your campaign manager, and they were on television just two weeks ago, she was, saying exactly that. So you really owe him an apology. You’re the one that sent the pictures around your campaign, sent the pictures around with President Obama in a certain garb. That was long before I was ever involved, so you actually owe an apology.”
The remainder of the debate saw Trump hold his own against Hillary Clinton. Some have thought one of them won the debate but to me it was a tie.
Both Trump and Clinton may have liked each other at one time (the Clinton’s were at Trump’s last wedding) but it was obvious that they have developed a real hatred.
Donald Trump’s response to the American Muslim women looking for a reason to support him was not given a shred of response that would encourage her to give him any support. Likewise the Black man was not given any reason to give him support. In both cases Trump was short on details on how he would reach out to those communities.
Hillary Clinton smiled through the entire debate and remained unflapped by Trump’s attacks.
I doubt that many people changed their view of these candidates as a result of watching this debate.
I predict Donald Trump will win the election. The reason is that Hillary Clinton has offered nothing new. Many people have lost their jobs. Trump may not bring them back but “What have you got to lose?”