Donald Trump has made a spoof of American democracy. That reality was just made clear for an hour and a half on prime-time television, and no one-not the debate moderators, not his opponent, Hillary Clinton-could prevent him.
We need to recap what took place in this town hall debate, the second of three. The Republican candidate:
Answered a dilemma about his tape talking about sexually assaulting women with a solution about ISIL.
Promised to criminally prosecute his competition if elected president.
Repudiated to condemn Russia for hacking and meddling with the US election.
Desired to discredit Clinton by convicting that her husband was “abusive to women”
Organised a press conference with those same women promptly before the debate, and asked them to sit in the front row of the town hall audience.
Stated that the Democratic party rigged the primary election so that Clinton beat Bernie Sanders.
Went on to subterfuge brazenly about the “birther” movement, his stance on the Iraq War, his status on Muslim emigration, whether he ever suggested that anyone “check the sex tape,” that US economic growth is slower than any time since 1929, the facts associated with the San Bernardino shootings, and, well, plenty of other issues.
Lamented the debate itself was rigged in opposition to him.
Rarely any of this will be unique to anyone who’s ever viewed a Trump rally. Up until this debate, though, Trump has limited many of his nastier lines to the airport hangars and stadiums.
The town hall was intended to be an opportunity for uncertain voters to inquire thoughtful, probing questions of the candidates-ones worthy of honest answers. The moderators, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Anderson Cooper of CNN, attempted to keep both candidates on point with their replies.
While Clinton attempted at first to challenge Trump, she had typically thrown in the towel about 20 minutes in, sticking to her own track record and vision for the country. She and the moderators were no match for Trump’s deluge of facts and bad manners.
The debate format easily isn’t intended for the level of craftiness and ugliness Trump engages you in to the US presidential race. And neither of them, we’re seeing, is American democracy. The system presumes that though candidates vary in their perspectives, they ultimately respect the electoral process and the voters they aim to represent.
Trump left such effect at the debate, tarnishing yet another institution that is designed to support Americans maintain civil discourse regardless of their differences.
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