Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump’s face-off in the third and final debate of the election season became more about whether or not Trump would take a temperamentally different approach than in his previous debates and throughout his candidacy.
At the debate on Wednesday night, held in Las Vegas, Trump held his composure within the first 45 minutes, and then shocked the country with his next few statements. He refused to say that he would accept the result of next month’s presidential election.
“I will look at the time,” Trump said when challenged during the final presidential debate on his claims that the election is “rigged” against him.
He added: “I will keep you in suspense.” Commentators say that this is a display of his lack of faith in the constitution and an extraordinary departure from one of the most fundamental principals of American democracy, which is the “peaceful transfer of power after an election.”
The talk after the debate was about Trump’s performance and how he hurt his campaign by using offensive terms such as “hombre,” “nasty women” and etc.
Hillary Clinton called Mr. Trump’s answer “horrifying,” and accused him of “talking down our democracy” out of frustration with his failing campaign.
Additionally, since the last heated debate, 10 women have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual assault, a point that was brought up by Clinton to show Trump’s lack of respect for women. However, he did little to address the accusations against him, claiming that the charges were false.
“I didn’t even apologize to my wife, who’s sitting right here, because I didn’t do anything,” he said, while accusing Mrs. Clinton of stoking the claims.
Clinton pointed out Mr. Trump’s lack of respect for women by quoting his recent insinuations that he could not have assaulted some of the women because they were not attractive enough. “Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger,” she said. “I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.”
“He never apologizes or says he’s sorry for anything,” she said, talking about his insults of a Gold Star family, a reporter with a physical disability and a judge with Mexican heritage. “It’s not one thing, this is a pattern,” she said.
A few uncomfortable statements were uttered from Trump that may not have resonated well with women. Commentators are labeling it a sad night for the country as a result.
Here are a few highlights:
The Role of the Supreme Court
Hillary Clinton began with her thoughts on the role that the Supreme Court should play in the American people’s lives. Mrs. Clinton said she expected the court to stand by the people, expressing the importance of LGBT and women’s rights, marriage equality and abortion rights. She said that she hoped that “the Senate would do its job and confirm the nominee that President Obama has sent to them.”
We find out that Mr. Trump, who is pro-life has plans to overturn Roe v. Wade and said “The Supreme Court, that’s what it’s all about.”
In the past, Trump said that if abortion were outlawed, there should be “some form of punishment” for the women involved. He thought Hillary’s policies were “terrible.”
“If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother,” he said.
Clinton formed her rebuttal around this statement while expressing her support for women being able to make their own decisions about their body with respect to health issues and other circumstances. She won a lot of men and women supporters over with her saying that she will defend Planned Parenthood, Roe vs. Wade, and defend a women’s right to make their own decision over their bodies.
The 2nd Amendment
Some other key issues spoken about were of gun control issues, which Clinton stated she is strongly in support of. She claimed that 33,000 people a year are killed as a result of guns. However she wants to uphold the 2nd amendment but enforce comprehensive background checks, gun show loopholes and etc.
Mr. Trump has gained many supporters because of his conservative message on immigration — suggesting that the heroin crisis in the southern borders is due to insufficient border security. “We have to have strong borders,” he said, adding, “We have some bad hombres.”
The candidates discussed the refugee policy, with Mr. Trump predicting security crises if. Clinton were elected. “This is going to be the great Trojan horse,” Mr. Trump said, discussing Syrian refugees. “Lots of luck, Hillary.”
Clinton said she would not allow anyone into the country without appropriate vetting. She also said, “I am not going to slam the door on women and children.”
Clinton said her immigration plan includes border security, but she did not want to see “the deportation force that Donald has talked about.”
While Trump accused Hillary of supporting open borders, she called him out for being a hypocrite on the issue of immigration, saying he had “used undocumented labor to build the Trump Tower.”
When the moderator, Chris Wallace, quoted from a paid Clinton speech — citing an excerpt revealed by WikiLeaks in which she said she dreamed of “open trade and open borders” —Clinton said she was “talking about energy.”
Chris Wallace, the first Fox News journalist to moderate a presidential debate, was additionally the moderator for the last debate and prepared detailed comebacks for both candidates.
Clinton said “a more pressing issue from the leaked documents was the specter of the Russian government engaging in espionage against Americans.” She suggested that Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has a “clear favorite in this race.”
“That was a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders,” Mr. Trump said, adding, “I don’t know Putin.” Clinton said Mr. Putin would prefer “a puppet as president of the United States.” Mr. Trump came back, “You’re the puppet.”
The Economy and the National Debt
Trump referred to Hillary’s policies on national debt and boosting the economy basically as being another four years of president Obama in office. Clinton responded that President Obama did not get the credit he deserved for improving economic conditions since taking office. Her plans are to increase taxes for people making over $200,000 a year, raise taxes on the wealthy and the rich, increase benefits for low income workers, and build the middle class.
Mr. Trump claimed that he would help the economy by suggesting he would produce national prosperity by renegotiating trade deals.
The end of the debate became sticky with Trump attacking and becoming defensive to Hillary as well as to Wallace.
The debate concluded with each candidate expressing their goals. Mrs. Clinton’s wants to improve the lives of families, “I hope Americans will give me a chance to serve as your president.”
Mr. Trump ended, “She’s raising the money from the people she wants to control. Doesn’t work that way.” He said he would “make America great,” bringing up what he called a “depleted military” and urban conditions where “you get shot walking to the store.”
There you have it! All the highlights of last night’s debate. Make sure you go out and vote on November 8!
Written By: Taylor Bennett