The first presidential debate between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton is over and no big upsets or surprises were revealed. If you missed it, read the commentary below to get a quick summary of the event’s highlights. You can still watch the debate in its entirety by clicking on the Youtube video at the bottom of this special report.
By Christopher J. Petherick
Tuesday night’s debate between Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is one for the history books. While most commentators described the back and forth between the candidates as “not unexpected,” there were plenty of moments that had the crowd cheering.
Following the debate, one commentator remarked: “Hillary is a seasoned debater, so we all expected Trump to fail. While she got a few good zingers in, Trump held his own, which means he didn’t lose. So, to his supporters, he came out on top.”
What was also not unexpected was that the major networks all got in line behind the candidate they are backing. MSNBC and CNN—often called the “Clinton News Network”—declared Hillary the winner, but neoconservative Fox News said Trump came across as solid, even-tempered, and presidential.
We at American Free Press have been very clear about our views on Mrs. Clinton. We feel the former secretary of state should be behind bars not gallivanting around the country in $18,000 orange, double-knit pantsuits campaigning for the highest office in the world.
It is worth mentioning, though, that we also have serious concerns about Trump, as he continues to soften his hardline stance on illegal immigration while at the same time indicating he would have no problem intervening militarily in the internal affairs of sovereign nations. His meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sept. 25 at Trump Towers in New York City highlights our fears that the billionaire real estate developer is also too cozy with the current Israeli leadership—a regime that has committed repeated war crimes and is diligently pushing pliable U.S. politicians to support U.S. wars with Syria, Iran, Russia, and possibly even China.
A few of the better moments in last night’s debate involved Trump attacking Mrs. Clinton on her support for free trade agreements like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that have driven good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans out of the country.
Trump blamed Bill Clinton for signing that legislation into law, which he said has been disastrous for this country.
“You were totally in favor of [the TPP],” Trump said to Mrs. Clinton. “Then you heard what I was saying, how bad it is, and you said, ‘I can’t win that debate.’ ”
Mrs. Clinton defended her flip-flopping, saying, “I was against it once it was finally negotiated and the terms were laid out.”
Trump fired back, “You called it the gold standard.”
Trump blasted Hillary for failing the country for the three decades she and her husband have been prowling the nation’s capital.
Trump also went after Mrs. Clinton for the tens of thousands of missing emails that disappeared off of her private email server, forcing Mrs. Clinton to apologize for her poor judgment in that situation. He failed to mention that her staff had been ordered to destroy all of Mrs. Clinton’s personal electronic devices by smashing them apart while other Clinton staffers used a computer program called BleachBit to forever erase possibly incriminating data stored on her unprotected hard drives.
Trump largely managed to keep his cool throughout the entire event, leaving some to wonder what happened to the fiery, passionate man from the primaries. Perhaps his new advisors gave him poor advice out of fear that the 6’2” Trump may come across as bullying the far shorter Mrs. Clinton.
Following the debate, many were left wondering whether Trump plans to hit harder during the next contest, which is scheduled for Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. Elaine Quijano, a correspondent with CBS News, will be the moderator.
“I really eased up because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,” Trump said on Fox News, saying he would have brought up “the many affairs that Bill Clinton had,” but he held back because the Clintons’ daughter Chelsea was in the audience.
We would hope that in the next debate Trump will not allow himself to be put on the defensive so easily or to worry about “hurt feelings.” For instance, when Hillary mentioned that Trump has not released his taxes, he could have taken the opportunity to hit her on the massive financial improprieties of the Clinton Foundation, whose assets may be greater than anything Trump can muster. Instead, he allowed himself to be put in the position of defending the fact that he, like so many plutocrats, don’t ever pay income taxes. He did explain that paying no taxes made him “smart.”
The bottom line is that, when the topic of corruption arises, Mrs. Clinton and her husband—despite Trump’s ties to some unsavory characters—are in a criminal class all by themselves.
For anyone who missed it, you can still watch the debate in its entirety by clicking on the video below:
Christopher J. Petherick is the editor-in-chief at American Free Press.