Trump and Clinton Second Presidential Debate

Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the 2nd presidential debate;  

photo courtesy of WND

Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at the 2nd presidential debate; photo courtesy of WND

Bita Zadeh, Photojournalist

With less than a month left before the elections, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had once again taken the debate stage Sunday, October 9. This debate was perhaps one of the nastiest, featuring two of the most disliked candidates in history. They spent the whole night taking hits at each other with accusations of sexual assault and repeated claims of deceit.


In several tense exchanges, Trump acknowledged how he had avoided paying federal income taxes for years, called his taped description of sexual assault “locker room-talk” and accused Clinton of victimizing women and holding“hate in her heart.” He also said that if he were to become president, he would appoint a special prosecutor to pursue Hillary Clinton. Clinton responded to these hateful remarks with,”Yes, this is who Donald Trump is. The question for us, the question our country must answer, is that this is not who we are.” She also was interrupted many times by Donald bringing up her email incident saying again that Clinton should be ashamed of herself and she shot back with,”Ok Donald, I know you are into big diversion tonight – anything to avoid talking about your campaign and the way it’s exploding and the way Republicans are leaving you.”


Both candidates had their highlights and lowlights. Clinton had many strong answers to the questions asked and her responses of Trump’s remarks about women was delivered in a firm, but moderate tone. But, she again had to apologize for having the private email server which was not in her favor. Trump also had several strong moments, such as when Hillary would talk about something she wanted changed, and he snapped back with,”Why didn’t you change it when you were senator?” His biggest misstep was the constant sniffling and his speech about how Michelle Obama dislikes Hillary Clinton.


This debate started with explosive attacks, but did, in fact, end with graciousness. The two candidates were asked to compliment each other at the request of an audience member. Clinton said that she admired Trump’s children and Trump said he admired Clinton because she would fight for what she wanted. With their time on stage finished, the candidates shook hands.


A CNN/ORC poll showed that 57% of debate watchers thought Clinton won compared to 34% who thought Trump came out on top. The poll only represents the views of people who watched the debate and may have a slight Democratic advantage compared to polls of all Americans. The most recent national polls have Hillary with 50% of the votes, Trump with 41%, and 9% with the rest of the candidates.