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We Learned Nothing from The First Presidential Debate


There was a lot of fighting, interruptions and law in ordering in last night’s presidential debate. And well, that is pretty much it.

Trump tried to body shame the economic bubble, and assured America that yeah, his company was racist way back when but- everybody was racist! Anyway let’s make America great again!

Maybe the biggest flaw with the debate is that the plans that each candidate was discussing, can’t really be summed up in 140 characters. Or that repeatedly firing back ‘Law and Order’ isn’t actually proposing actual policy.

The reoccurring theme in last night’s debate seemed to be dominance vs. preparation. I suppose Trump was trying to be fair, and only interrupted Clinton 25 times in the first 26 minutes of the debate. He shouted over her and the moderator, only to prove that he still has nothing to say. Trump frequently didn’t’ address the original question, even the one regarding cutting taxes on the rich, in which he proposed a massive cut in income tax. It is really difficult to assess what he is saying or what his proposal means, but one thing that is clear, is the he blamed Hilary Clinton for tax rates on overseas corporate income… which is ironic, given that if Trump does become President, he wants to cut all ties and let his children run his own overseas corporation, to avoid any incestuous business. Pun intended.

Both candidate’s take on cybersecurity weren’t overly historic answers either, in comparison some of the great answers in presidential debates of the past. Clinton’s answer was logical and really made Trump’s answer seem unclear.

The most ravishing part of the entire night could have easily been the moment that Trump was asked about the conspiracy theory that President Obama was born in Kenya. Here’s what you get when Trump ‘prepares’:

 HOLT: Just want to get the answer here. The birth certificate was produced in 2011. You’ve continued to tell the story and question the president’s legitimacy in 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15 as recently as January. So the question is, what changed your mind?

TRUMP: Well, nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it. I figured you’d ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it. But I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate. And I think I did a good job.

 TRUMP: Well, it was very — I say nothing. I say nothing, because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before. I say nothing.

But let me just tell you. When you talk about healing, I think that I’ve developed very, very good relationships over the last little while with the African-American community. I think you can see that.

And I feel that they really wanted me to come to that conclusion. And I think I did a great job and a great service not only for the country but even for the president, in getting him to produce his birth certificate.

Clinton chimes in:

CLINTON: Well, just listen to what you heard. And clearly, as Donald just admitted, he knew he was going to stand on this debate stage and Lester Holt was going to be asking us questions, so he tried to put the whole racist birther lie to bed.

But it can’t be dismissed that easily. He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was absolutely no evidence for it, but he persisted, he persisted year after year, because some of his supporters, people that he was trying to bring into his fold, apparently believed it or wanted to believe it.

But, remember, Donald started his career back in 1973 being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African Americans, and he made sure that the people who worked for him understood that was the policy. He actually was sued twice by the Justice Department.

So he has a long record of engaging in racist behaviour.

SO there you go America! Clinton clearly known how to display rather basic qualities of a necessary president, and Trump simply does not. He ironically, has ‘no stamina’ for preparation, and as the night went on he grew less coherent and more bored. Trump simply didn’t do the required work to prepare for last night’s debate and it showed. Will he even make it to October? Who knows. Either way, this election has everyone feeling more confused and unsure as ever. The only thing that is clairvoyant is the importance of voting, because although we may have not been as enlightened and motivated to vote as we have in the past, we have more than enough proof that Donald Trump is really just unprepared to be President. When it comes to Modern-Day-American Politics, aren’t we tired of feeling as if we learn nothing?

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