Lets talk about that debate, shall we?
Unless you somehow live under a rock, you are no doubt well aware that last night was the first Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. If you do live under a rock, than I’m sorry for you. One of my colleagues already gave her takeaways from the debates, I am just here to offer another view. If you know me, you know I am fairly unhappy with these elections. So, before anyone accuses me of favoritism, just know that a quote from the great Herb Brooks sums up my feelings on this election. “It looks like a bunch of monkey’s trying to hump a football.”
1. I was generally impressed with Donald Trump for roughly the first 10-15 minutes. He showed a level of control and a demeanor that seemed unattainable for him. The he reverted to his typical Trump-isms.
2. During the primaries, Anti-Trump supporters accused him of being un-presidential, while Anti-Hillary supporters accused her of being too much of a politician. Well, when squaring off, face-to-face, these became obvious. Trump had the demeanor of a child trying to argue with their parent. Hillary to her credit did come of looking like a seasoned politician, which I submit is a good thing. As she said, “Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that’s a good thing.” Hillary seems poised and prepared to lead. Donald does not.
3. The impossible was asked of Lester Holt, to reign in this election cycle, and make it civil. My god, did the man, try, but he is only human. Trump stood on stage and launched his usual Trump-isms, half-truths and sometimes bold-faced lies. Yet again, Trump brags that he was always against the War in Iraq even though he is on record as supporting it in an Interview with Howard Stern. Though you can try and write this off, you can’t write off Trump’s most egregious claim, that he never said that climate change was a hoax manufactured by the Chinese. On November 6, 2012 Trump tweeted, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” Yet another lie from the supposedly savvy businessman
4. Trump’s business was again, a feature of his campaign. I understand that Trump has a real estate empire; I grew up in New York. I saw his buildings all the time. There are some issues with this. First, Trump refuses to release his Tax return, because he is under audit. As Lester Holt pointed out last night, the IRS does not prevent you from releasing your Tax returns when you are under audit. Furthermore, trump came out as proud that he doesn’t pay his taxes, and he came off as proud that he didn’t pay contractors who worked on his buildings, because they had an inferior product. My question is if people wanted a successful businessman as president, why did Romney lose 4 years ago? Romney may not have the billions that Trump does, or claims to have (we’ll never know until we see those tax returns), but Romney had a successful business career and was a governor of Massachusetts.
5. Lets get into the really good stuff. Security.
6. As has been previously talked about in all manner of Political debate and in coffee shops across the country, ISIS is a major global threat. Debate that all you want, but what is evident is that, One candidate is somewhat prepared to fight ISIS, and one is not. Trump seems to lack a rudimentary understanding of ISIS’s history, and if you don’t know their history, how can you understand them and combat them? Simply, you can’t. No, Hillary Clinton has not been fighting ISIS her entire adult life, ISIS has been around in some form or another for roughly 12-14 years. And, contrary to popular belief, placing a basic strategy online for how to combat ISIS is not giving them the keys to the kingdom, it is informing your electorate. The full combat strategy is formulated in the Pentagon, Situation Room, Langley and the Hoover Building, among other federal building, It is NOT formulated on a presidential candidate’s website.
7. The other major issue that was touched on was Cyber security. Terrorist groups like ISIS are successfully using the Internet to recruit and radicalize young people across the globe. The government can and should do more to get Tech companies involved in the combatting of terrorism. (There is a great article in Bloomberg about this issue)
There was a lot to be covered, and I only touched on some of it. Outside of the big takeaways that my colleague and I have pointed out, there are some others. In my view, though you may not get it from reading this, I think the candidates were fairly even. I think Hillary scored a win in this debate. Though I think as a whole, the candidates were mostly tied throughout the night. What were your takeaways?