Monday, October 10, 2016

What went down last night was the nastiest presidential debate in America's history

What went down last night was the nastiest presidential debate in America's history




The billionaire then unleashed a weapon he has long threatened to use: Bill Clinton and the sexual-misconduct allegations that have been leveled against him.
“Mine were words — his were action,” Trump said of Bill Clinton, who maintained a steely expression with arms folded in the audience.
“Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women,” Trump said.
“He was impeached. He lost his license to practice law. He had to pay an $850,000 fine to one of these women, Paula Jones, who is here tonight,” the Republican added.
Hillary Clinton didn’t rebut the accusations against her husband during the debate, instead claiming, “I am reminded of what my friend Michelle Obama advised us all: ‘When they go low, you go high.’ ”
High or low, it was a verbal bloodbath all night long, with the candidates calling each other liars and Trump repeatedly insisting Clinton should be “ashamed of herself.”
The GOP nominee also attacked Clinton for a Friday WikiLeaks release that included transcripts of her paid speeches for Wall Street firms, saying she had been “caught in a total lie.”
“Honest Abe never lied,” Trump said as he pointed at Clinton, who had brought up Abraham Lincoln while answering a question about politicians being “two-faced.” “That’s the difference between Abe Lincoln and you.”
At one point, the real-estate mogul went so far as to say Clinton “has tremendous hate in her heart.”
“And when she said ‘deplorables,’ she meant it,” he said, eliciting audible gasps from the audience.
Issues were largely relegated to a back seat while personal attacks dominated — although the candidates did, at least, clash over ObamaCare, taxes and Russian aggression in Syria.
After the battle, Mike Pence,, who was said to be furious over the 2005 tape, tweeted, “Congrats to my running mate @realDonaldTrump on a big debate win! Proud to stand with you.”
Lanhee Chen, former adviser to Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio, said Trump did far better this time than in his first debate, but it may not be enough.
“Trump spoke squarely to his base of supporters and was effective in that regard,” Chen said.
“He was on the attack the whole night, and there were many more times that Hillary Clinton was on the defensive.
“But the last several days of his campaign have been such an unmitigated disaster that I don’t think any of this matters.”
Additional reporting by Joe ­Tacopino

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