Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump faced off against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the second time in a nationally televised debate in St. Louis, Mo. on Oct. 9. Recovering from an embarrassing release of candid video, Trump held his own and succeeded in taking down the more seasoned Mrs. Clinton.
By John Friend
Sunday evening’s town-hall-style presidential debate proved to be yet another contentious, hard-fought war of words between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate, held at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and moderated by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, featured live questions from audience members as well as questions submitted via social media, which were screened and then read by the debate moderators.
All eyes were on Trump leading up to the debate, as a scandalous video released by The Washington Post originally captured in 2005 depicted the controversial GOP nominee making a number of lewd comments about women. The release of the video sparked outrage and has divided the GOP as numerous establishment Republican officials and legislators have distanced themselves from Trump with some even renouncing their support for their party’s presidential candidate.
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Many have called on Trump to step down and turn the campaign over to his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Prior to the debate, Trump released a short video statement apologizing for his crude remarks, calling them “foolish” but ultimately a distraction from the bigger issues of the campaign. Trump then went on the offensive, organizing a brief press conference just hours before the Sunday evening debate with three women, who have publicly accused Bill Clinton of sexual assaulting them and claimed Mrs. Clinton for helping cover up the abuse, turning the tables on the hostile media and Clinton campaign, who have used the release of the video in yet another attempt to discredit the populist businessman-turned-politician.
Unsurprisingly, the video was brought up immediately during the debate, and Trump apologized once again for his remarks before stating his words amounted to “locker-room talk.” He then immediately went on the attack, arguing that “there has never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation who has been so abusive to women” as Bill Clinton, whose behavior Mrs. Clinton facilitated and excused.
Mrs. Clinton downplayed Trump’s accusations and contended his lewd comments about women reflect the true character of the GOP nominee, arguing the man is unfit to be president of the United States.
Trump proceeded to attack Clinton on her email scandal, vowing to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the matter and bring charges against the former secretary of state.
“It’s good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not running this country,” Mrs. Clinton stated in response. Trump immediately shot back by declaring: “Because you’d be in jail.”
Trump was feisty throughout the debate, interrupting both Mrs. Clinton and the debate moderators on numerous occasions. Many times Trump insinuated the moderators favored Mrs. Clinton and that he was being treated unfairly.
Mrs. Clinton performed well, striking a professional, conciliatory attitude throughout the debate. By all accounts, however, Trump stole the show and won the debate. He repeatedly hammered Mrs. Clinton on her email scandal, disastrous foreign policy and public service record, and failures to live up to her promises and pledges when running for office.
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Clinton’s lies about Syria are utterly abhorrent.
Assad’s a government is popular and legitimate.
The idea that a fabricated image of a child sitting in an ambulance is evidence of atrocities committed by Syria and her Russian allies is preposterous.
The image was concocted by the Aleppo Media Centre which is an arm of the NATO/ISIS propaganda campaign. AMC and the White Helmets are terrorist outfits financed by the Saudis and EU governments revenue from income taxes.
Civilians in Syria have fled in overwhelming numbers to Government-held areas across the country. None of them live willingly in the few terrorist-held areas (like Eastern Aleppo) that still remain.
No prizes for guessing why this is the case.
There is a legitimate UN-registered Civil Defence Organisation in Syria who are unarmed professionals. They put out the fires and rescue Syrian civilians from fires and bombed out buildings. They, like the Syrian Army are the unsung heroes of the conflict. Both are defending their country against NATO/ISIS aggression.
Clinton has already threatened to nuke Iran off the map. She is now aggressively confronting the Russians. This woman will happily start WW3 when it suits her Israeli sponsors to do so.
Sadly, Trump is another Hasbara agent.
Both of these Presidential candidates are going to take us into WW3 for Israel’s benefit.
Don’t vote for either of them.
Stay at home and hang on to your guns America!
As much as it pained me it was clear Clinton won the first debate. Trump was unprepared and his failings were exposed as much by himself as by Clinton.
As it happened I didn’t get to the second debate til half way through. I thought Trump had bested her but couldn’t help but noticing the barrage of comments denigrating his performance. I assumed it must have been that his first half was a disaster. So I made a point of watching the debate from the beginning (plus the press conference beforehand) and it was clear, just as Clinton’s win in the first debate was clear, that Trump was clearly the winner.
And of course I was reminded once again – not that I should have needed it! – that the barrage of anti-Trump commentary is completely bogus or perpetrated by brain dead lefties who probably didn’t even watch the debate.
Incidentally, in response to the long comment above, I’d have to say that I’ve given up on the masses. I’m really only interested nowadays in the consequences of globalism on those of us who have woken up to what is going on. The herd have earned their slavery. But no one can tell me that the ‘illuminated ones’, the plutocrats and inbred aristocrats (think of how really stupid, for example, the ‘Saxe-Coburg-Gothas’, aka the ‘Windsors’ are!) better people than the many people who have woken up to their crimes. Their claim to be rulers of those of us who are awake is what needs to be taken down.
I am always amazed that people still play this horse and pony show…
Common, dont be so damn gullible folks, it is embarrassing. Whe been you play this foolishness, and go to vote, you are affirming your status as herd….
““Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic-Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.”
This is good, but a little too long of a read for most of the voters.
“Really Existing Capitalist Democracy is very remote from the soaring rhetoric about democracy. But there is another version of democracy. Actually it’s the standard doctrine of progressive, contemporary democratic theory. So I’ll give some illustrative quotes from leading figures – incidentally not figures on the right. These are all good Woodrow Wilson-FDR-Kennedy liberals, mainstream ones in fact. So according to this version of democracy, “the public are ignorant and meddlesome outsiders. They have to be put in their place. Decisions must be in the hands of an intelligent minority of responsible men, who have to be protected from the trampling and roar of the bewildered herd”. The herd has a function, as it’s called. They’re supposed to lend their weight every few years, to a choice among the responsible men. But apart from that, their function is to be “spectators, not participants in action” – and it’s for their own good. Because as the founder of liberal political science pointed out, we should not succumb to “democratic dogmatisms about people being the best judges of their own interest”. They’re not. We’re the best judges, so it would be irresponsible to let them make choices just as it would be irresponsible to let a three-year-old run into the street. Attitudes and opinions therefore have to be controlled for the benefit of those you are controlling. It’s necessary to “regiment their minds”. It’s necessary also to discipline the institutions responsible for the “indoctrination of the young.” All quotes, incidentally. And if we can do this, we might be able to get back to the good old days when “Truman had been able to govern the country with the cooperation of a relatively small number of Wall Street lawyers and bankers.” This is all from icons of the liberal establishment, the leading progressive democratic theorists. Some of you may recognize some of the quotes.”
Jimmy Carter then?
“As the rich people finance the campaigns, when candidates get in office they do what the rich people want. …US politics has been corrupted by billions of dollars of campaign financing following a supreme court ruling that legalised “bribery”.”
Money power rules. And the same men who own most corporations, own your governments, whatever color you vote for.
Too many of ignorant of this basic fact and logic. Deliberately made ignorant with such laughably ignorant debates about nothing at all. While the world burns under our imperialism and bombs, and the world economies die under a corrupt monetary system. While the bankers rule.
“Until the control of the issue of currency and credit is restored to government and recognized as its most conspicuous and sacred responsibility, all talks of the sovereignty of Parliament and of democracy is idle and futile… Once a nation parts with the control of its credit, it matters not who makes the laws….Usury once in control will wreck the nation.”
William Lyon MacKenzie King, former Prime Minister of Canada
“Issue of currency should be lodged with the government and be protected from domination by Wall Street. We are opposed to…provisions [which] would place our currency and credit system in private hands.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity.” -Abraham Linco
Do we even care that this corrupt monetary system has given ownership of the world governments, and most its corporations to these corrupt bankers ?
““So no, it’s not a hyperbole to say the Banking System is One. We’re not overstating the case when we say it’s just one massive cartel. That the banks own everything, including all the major industries. Oil, Weapons, Pharmaceuticals, Food, Telecom and IT, etc. It’s all one massive monopoly. Controlled from the top down. “
’A total of 737 ( corporations ) control 80% of it all”
The Money Power is real and these Swiss gentlemen have done us a favor by crunching the numbers.”
Please Google “The network of global corporate control”
I think that if Donald Trump were to win the election by a landslide, which it appears could very well happen (despite the bogus MSM polls showing close margins), a desperate attempt to nullify the election would be put into play by the Clinton political machine and the DNC as well. A massive number of law suits would claim that Russia interfered with the U.S. election process to guarantee Trump the win.
Due to the massive number of lawsuits, bogus investigations and the slowness of the judicial system, the entire election process could be postponed, thereby giving Obama an extended term. The Hildabeast has already planted the “Russians did it” in everyone’s mind during the debates in regard to the hacking of her 33,000+ emails.
If this happens, we could only hope that the Hildabeast’s failing heart valve finally gives out during the investigative process, thus preventing her from taking office.
Based only on Bill’s signing of NAFTA and his willingness to accept bribes to nullify the Glass-Steagall act during his time in office, both of which have had a catastrophic effect on our country, why would any one in their right mind vote this criminal couple back into the white house?
WHEN HILARY WIN AMERICA WOULD BE TURNED DOWN IN TO SZAMBO !!!!!!!
I thought Trump did an excellent job! His jabs at Clinton were well timed. When the candidates were asked what they would look for in a Supreme Court Justice, Clinton rattled off a whole list of qualifications. Trump said it short and sweet: “… who would rule according to the Constitution”!!! Does anybody notice that liberals never mention the Constitution? Obviously, they will continue to trash it.
I loved the video with Killary,when the fly landed on her eyelid,she didn’t even notice it,nor reacted-winked…That fly was looking for a BIG SHIT to land, and that fly finaly found that BIG SHIT, half carcass,half alive,attracting carcass feeding flies…