By Andrew Yanover
A wide consensus of polls from CNN, Gallup, and NBC/WSJ have determined that Hillary Clinton won the first two debates, badly beating her Republican counterpart Donald Trump. Though, without a shadow of a doubt, the real losers of the first two debates were the American people. The choice between a demagogic xenophobe and a perpetual liar for the President of the United States has always been less than ideal, but after witnessing the two rounds of pure mudslinging and utter avoidance of any substantial topics in the discussions that were so egregiously deemed “debates,” it’s clear that the options for our next President have never been so undesirable. That being said, whether we like it or not, we must make a choice because one of these candidates will be our next Commander-in-Chief; that choice should be Hillary Clinton. Despite concerns over her trustworthiness, she is undoubtedly more qualified and has displayed an exponentially better temperament and understanding of the issues currently facing our country. It’s important to note that simply surpassing Donald Trump and the embarrassingly low bar he sets by no means qualifies Clinton as a good candidate, but in my opinion, she’s the better option.
Believe it or not, the respective situations surrounding each debate were more newsworthy than the debates themselves. Following round 1, which was held right here on Long Island at Hofstra University, Donald Trump engaged in a scathing twitter attack (between 3 and 5 A.M, nonetheless) on former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Trump disparaged the former beauty queen for gaining weight and encouraged all of his 12 million twitter followers to check out her “sex tape.” If you thought that Donald Trump’s behavior towards women couldn’t get any worse after this, you were strikingly wrong. On viagra prix pharmacie quebec October 8th, just one day before the Town Hall debate at Washington University in St. Louis, a video surfaced from 2005 of Donald Trump expressing incredibly vulgar views on women. In essence, Trump claimed that because he was rich and famous, he was entitled to sexually assault women. Trump tried to brush off the heavy criticism by validating his comments as “locker room talk.” He isn’t necessarily wrong, as many people who have acted in the fashion that he advocates in the video are in fact locked in a room, behind bars.
Taking all of this into consideration, it’s truly a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment that the American people will be forced to sit through a third and final debate, which will take place on Wednesday, October 19th at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The intervening 10 days should give Donald Trump the opportunity to get himself in trouble approximately 57 more times, and the countdown to November 8th has never felt slower.
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