Final Presidential Debate Recap

Round three of Presidential debates is in the books. Here’s what we had to say about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Before the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I asked some questions.

The most important were whether Trump would keep himself in check, whether Hillary would be aggressive, and whether Trump would be able to coherently respond to Hillary’s points.

In that first debate, Trump was unable to keep himself in check, Hillary was aggressive, and Trump was unable to coherently respond to Hillary’s points.

And those three things were themes throughout the next two debates, culminating with the final one Wednesday night in Las Vegas. While Trump was more controlled (relatively speaking) in the second and third debates, he was soundly defeated in all three, often coming off as the absolute buffoon he is.

Coming in to Wednesday night’s debate, with Trump’s chances of winning the Presidency minuscule, the thought among the pundits was that he needed to deliver a knockout blow to Hillary in order to have any semblance of a chance on November 8. Instead, he acted somewhat normal for 25 minutes and then turned in to a lunatic.

Some highlights…

Trump continued to be unhinged

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A common refrain from Hillary’s campaign has been that you can’t trust Donald Trump with the nuclear codes. Many reasons why were again on display Wednesday night, as Trump sparred with moderator Chris Wallace, interrupted Clinton repeatedly, again stated “wrong” in to the microphone during Clinton’s answers, and lied about nearly everything he said. It’s already been explained why Trump is unfit for the Presidency. But even if you strip all the reasons away, it can be boiled down to this: if a man can’t control himself on stage for 90 minutes when he knows millions of people are watching him, how can he be trusted to lead the free world?

Hillary was measured, but aggressive when attacked

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Hillary came in to Wednesday night’s debate with an enormous lead in the polls, meaning it was right for her to largely play it safe. But when she was attacked by Trump, she fired back by stringing fact after crushing fact together, including that Trump used undocumented immigrants to build Trump Tower, that Trump’s “facts” on late-term abortion were inaccurate, that Trump had shipped jobs to Mexico, and that Trump had sidled up to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Trump said he wouldn’t necessarily accept the results of the election

After calling Hillary a “nasty woman,” Trump said near the conclusion of the debate that he wouldn’t necessarily accept the results of the election, saying instead that he’d leave people “in suspense” — something Hillary said was “horrifying.” Saying he or she won’t necessarily accept election results is an insane thing for any Presidential candidate to say, but is in line with Trump’s baseless claims that the election is rigged. And while Trump lost the debate, one of the only things that will be remembered is his refusal to say he’ll accept the results of the election.

The gist? This race is over, and has been since before the now infamous tape of Trump spewing lewd comments came out. That simply turned a blowout into a bigger blowout.

Barring a game-changing revelation regarding Hillary within the next few weeks, she’ll be on stage on November 8 after being elected. And none of us will have to leave the country out of fear of what Donald Trump’s America would’ve been like.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

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