Last night’s presidential debate between between renegade Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. For all intents and purposes, this one will likely go down in the history books as one of the most epic debates in modern American history.
By John Friend
The third and final debate, expertly moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News, caps off an incredible campaign season, with both major party candidates generating controversy and unprecedented interest from the general public.
Topics for Wednesday evening’s debate focused on the Supreme Court, the economy, immigration, foreign policy hot spots, and each candidate’s fitness to serve as commander in chief, among other related matters.
The candidates drew clear distinctions between themselves, with Trump emphasizing the populist talking points that have resonated so deeply with the American people since he announced his candidacy over one year ago. The GOP nominee trashed America’s trade deals and argued America’s political leaders have been outmaneuvered, outsmarted, and outplayed by their counterparts.
The debate was relatively calm compared to previous matches until Clinton alleged Russia is engaging in espionage against the United States in an effort to help Trump win the presidency—a contention that has thus far been backed up with little to no evidence.
Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has constantly attempted to tie Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Mrs. Clinton even insinuated that Trump is a “puppet” of Putin.
“You’re the puppet,” Trump frankly asserted, referring to Mrs. Clinton’s big donors and the elite political and financial interests she serves and represents.
Trump and Mrs. Clinton have both been plagued by scandals throughout the election season, which unsurprisingly came up during the debate. A number of women have come forward alleging Trump has made sexual advances on them following the sensationalized release of a video clip captured while the GOP nominee was making an appearance on a soap opera in 2005. In the widely hyped video, which was recorded without Trump’s knowledge, Trump makes a number of lewd comments about women, which has generated endless coverage, gossip, and debate among the hostile media and political establishment.
Trump has called the recent allegations “fiction” and speculated that the women making them were either seeking fame or were operating under the direction of the “sleazy” Clinton campaign in yet another attempt to discredit the populist GOP nominee.
Mrs. Clinton’s scandals have received far less media coverage despite the seriousness of the charges being leveled against her. Aside from illegally deleting emails when she was secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton has found herself plagued by scandals involving the Clinton Foundation, her actions during the siege of Bengazi, her cozy relationship with many members and institutions of the mainstream corporate media, private speeches she has given to major financial institutions, and the tactics used by members of her presidential campaign.
In previous debates, the moderators failed to truly confront Mrs. Clinton on the many scandals wracking her campaign. Chris Wallace, however, directly asked Mrs. Clinton about many of them, including a speech she made in front of members of Banco Itau where she stated her “dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders,” demonstrating her subservience to the plutocratic nation wreckers undermining American sovereignty. Mrs. Clinton downplayed her remarks, but Wallace deserves credit for confronting her on the issue.
Trump repeatedly criticized Mrs. Clinton’s public service record, emphasizing her central role in creating the disastrous situation in Syria and the wider Middle East, as conflict, terrorism, and humanitarian crises spiral out of control.
In an unprecedented move, Trump refused to say he would blindly accept the results of the presidential election, which he has long argued is being rigged against him. Trump stated he would assess the situation on election day before accepting the results, and once again hammered the hostile corporate mass media, which has done everything in its power to discredit, smear, and slander the GOP nominee.
“The media is so dishonest and so corrupt and the pile on is so amazing, The New York Times wrote an article about it,” Trump stated during the debate. “They don’t even care, it’s so dishonest, they’ve poisoned the minds of the voters, but unfortunately for them, I think the voters are seeing through it.”
In just under three weeks, we will all know whether or not voters are seeing through the dishonest, corrupt tactics of both the mainstream mass media and the Clinton campaign.
If you’re an American populist, who wishes to see American interests placed first when it comes to both foreign and domestic policy, it could not be clearer who is the better candidate.
John Friend is a writer who lives in California.