I will admit that in the first 20 to 30 minutes of last night’s debate, Donald Trump almost seemed like a sane and thoughtful person. It appeared that maybe, just maybe, he would be able to actually participate in a debate without looking like a fool.
Then, Hillary Clinton made a small comment. She said: …”he borrowed 14 million dollars from daddy”. During all of the debates I spent time listening to the speaker but watching the other candidate respond on the split screen. At that comment, the pumpkin colored man turned into a tomato.
From that moment on, Trump went downhill fast. His true temperament came out very quickly. The accusations came fast and furious, and the interruptions were almost non-stop. One outlet did a count and said Trump interrupted Clinton 64 times during the debate, most of them after that comment.
Trump also proved he has no respect for our democracy. Wallace asked point-blank if he would accept the outcome of the election. He said he would look at it at the time and further stated “I will keep you in suspense on that”.
Wallace even went on to explain what that meant and gave him another chance to change his answer. He refused to take the “hint” from Wallace. Jaws dropped all across America. Everyone, Republican, Democratic, Independent, Conservative and Liberal all condemned that comment.
In our entire history, this has never been a problem, and no one ever made a comment like that. We have had some very close elections, even some recounts of votes, yet in the end the loser has always graciously conceded to the winner. No one every hinted they wouldn’t accept the results before the election was even held. This isn’t about being a good sport, this is about the very fabric of our democracy.
A half hour before the debate started, Mike Pence, his running mate, specifically said that “they would accept the results of the race.” After the debate, he waffled big time on that comment. Meaning Pence is not that “stable, calm, principled” man everyone tries to make him out to be. Rather he is nothing but a lap dog for Trump in the name of power.
I have to admit, I agree with the vast majority of politicians and pundits that comment is a disqualifying comment. But to me, that was not the only disqualifying comment.
Trump was challenged about the cyber attacks our country has suffered from Russia. All of our experts including 17 agencies who have been working on this matter have all said the hacks were done by Russia at the government level.
But his bromance with Putin just won’t let him accept that fact. He went on again about how “no one in America knows who did the hack”. Remember that during the primaries he bragged about how he had met and liked Putin.
Now he is claiming he “doesn’t know” Putin at all. He is saying that to try to put some distance between the two, but he keeps praising Putin and last night he even praised Assad of Syria.
By the way, Trump keeps saying that Russia “is bombing the hell out of ISIS”. Only they aren’t. They are bombing the hell out of Aleppo. Aleppo is not an ISIS stronghold, it is the stronghold of the rebels who started the insurgency against Assad. He really should get his facts straight.
When he was asked about Social Security and Medicare he totally disregarded the question and never answered it. He kept talking about his massive tax breaks for the wealthy and how that would magically make the economy grow unbelievably.
When Clinton answered the question he came out this his “she’s a nasty woman” comment. That was almost stunning by itself. Especially the timing. How does talking about how she would work to support Social Security and Medicare make her a “nasty woman”?
He keeps trying to sound like he knows all about war. He keeps saying that we announce we are going to attack somewhere and that is “stupid”. It is obvious that he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
Yes, there have months of talk about attacking Mosul. That is a strategic move. The obvious point is to get ISIS out of the city without having to fight a street-by-street and house-by-house battle. That would disastrous for both the fighters and civilians.
If we can get ISIS to leave, we could more easily attack them on the road out of the city where civilian casualties wouldn’t be in jeopardy as much. Trump just doesn’t know anything about anything except how to avoid paying taxes.
The one issue that no one is talking about in the immigration debate is how is Donald Trump going to “deport” 11 million undocumented immigrants? In order to make sure that you are deporting the correct people, we will need some kind of “papers” to prove you are a citizen or here legally.
When is someone going to ask Trump if he favors national ID cards or papers? We don’t have such things in our country. But without such a national ID card or papers you will never know which immigrants are undocumented or not. Especially if you are also going to deport those Europeans who have overextended their visas.
A bunch of Republicans claim that during the three debates Donald Trump figured out a way to self-destruct. I don’t buy that theory. Donald Trump will always self-destruct because he cannot focus on anything for more than 10 minutes.
For someone running to be our next President, that is a very scary thing. How can we trust someone who cannot focus for more than 10 minutes? The other question you need to ask yourself is how can you vote for someone who refuses to actually “prepare” for something like a debate?
If a candidate won’t sit down and prepare for a debate to convince us to vote for him, how can we trust him to prepare for decisions that affect us, our children, our grandchildren, and even the entire world?
If you refuse to study and prepare you shoot from the hip. That is the last thing we need from someone who is our Commander in Chief with their finger on our nuclear button.
When he first announced his candidacy, everyone thought it was nothing but a publicity stunt. Problem is that it still looks like a publicity stunt. I don’t know what he is thinking. No one knows what he is thinking. He cannot express himself coherently.
Here I want to give a lot of credit to Mike Wallace. He did an excellent job moderating the debate. His questions were very good. He tried to keep both candidates on topic. He even fact checked both candidates. I was pleased how Wallace handled himself. He was excellent.
After everything is said and done, one thing is certain at this point. Whenever Trump does or says something that causes his poll numbers to plummet, he blames everyone but himself. He is still claiming “massive” voting fraud which is false.
It would be easy to say that Donald Trump would be the least qualified and worst President in our history. Unfortunately, that are the nice things to say about a Trump Presidency. He would also be the most dangerous President we have ever had.
There are 19 day before it is all over. Regardless of you opinions of the candidates, I only ask one thing from everyone. Vote! Voting is the most important duty each citizen has. There are millions of men and women defending our country. If you really want to “thank a vet” – vote. That is what they are defending for you. Go to the polls and cast ballot.