7 Takeaways From the Third Presidential Debate
On Wednesday, October 19, the third presidential debate between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was held at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas.
If you missed the final debate, which managed to feature the candidates talking policy along with the typical remarks about the other’s weaknesses, you certainly missed a lot, especially when it comes to Trump’s comments.
Here’s the 7 most important takeaways from the third presidential debates.
1. Once again, the two candidates don’t shake hands pre-debate, instead heading to their respective podiums, but unlike the last debate, they also didn’t shake hands at the end of the debate. So, no handshakes between the candidates at all at the third presidential debate.
2. When asked if he’d accept the results of the election, Trump wouldn’t say that he’d accept the results, opting instead to say he’ll “look at it at the time” — a major break from the tradition of the loser coming together with the winner and thus uniting the country post-election, the peaceful transfer of power being “one of the prides of this country” as said by debate moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News.
This failure to agree to honor the results of the election is astounding as every other candidate and winner/loser has done so in the past. Clinton pointed out that Trump’s answer was par for the course as he’s quick to play the victim and blame the system when he’s not the winner, as he’s done in this election, calling it “rigged” when he lost the Iowa GOP caucuses and now that Clinton is in the lead. When his TV show didn’t win an Emmy, Clinton added, Trump again blamed the system, which Trump didn’t deny, instead interjecting to say that he should’ve won the Emmy.
3. Gun control was one of the foremost topics to be discussed, with Trump saying that if Clinton were to win, the people would end up with a Second Amendment that was a small replica of what it should be. Clinton said that she doesn’t see any conflict between saving lives and defending the Second Amendment, as guns are the cause of thousands of deaths each year, and as such, would be in favor of some gun reform measures which would close loopholes that allow people to access guns when they shouldn’t be able to.
4. Another topic that came up rather quickly was Roe v. Wade, the court decision which gives women the right to make decisions about their own bodies and the ability to obtain abortions if they choose. Trump said he’d appoint justices that are pro-life and who would end up overturning the Roe v. Wade decision, which would then put the burden back on the individual states to make choices about women’s abilities to have abortions. Clinton argued that the government has no business in these very personal decisions that women and their families make and she wants the court to “represent all of us” and would therefore select judges who support marriage equality and abortion rights.
Clinton values the Roe v. Wade ruling as abortions should be available to women and they should be the ones to choose what to do with their bodies, unlike Trump who has made past comments saying that if abortion were outlawed, there’d be some kind of punishment for women who obtained one. Trump then accused Clinton of being okay with late-term abortions which Trump said “rip the baby out of the womb of the mother,” while Clinton maintained that under certain circumstances, such as when the mother’s health is at-risk, those abortions need to be possible and it’s still not the government’s business.
5. Talking about immigration, Trump said that we have some “bad hombres” in the U.S. and we have to get them out, stating his desire for strengthened security and border patrol at the U.S.-Mexico border in order to “keep the drugs out of our country.”
6. Trump repeated his claim that “no one has more respect for women than he does,” which caused the audience to break their vow of silence to laugh. He flat out denied the validity of the nine women who’ve come forward in the last week who’ve claimed Trump allegedly groped or made sexual advances toward them against their wishes, saying that “I didn’t even apologize to my wife because I didn’t do anything.”
Trump instead accused Clinton and her campaign of either paying the women who came forward or they came forward in hopes of fame or being paid by her campaign, as she’s allegedly been paying her supporters to incite violence at Trump’s rallies, a claim that has not been substantiated.
7. When the debate somehow found itself talking about Russia and Putin, Trump stated that Putin doesn’t respect Obama, and by extension, Clinton, and Clinton memorably responded “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
Trump interjected twice, saying “You’re the puppet” in response to Clinton, but did eventually say that of course he’d condemn hacking and election interference by Russia or anyone else and that while he’s never met Putin, if Russia and the U.S. were to get along, it wouldn’t be so bad.
Whoever you decide to vote for, just make sure you get out there and vote — election day is November 8th. America’s future is in your hands.
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