Clinton dropkicks Trump in debate


Students gather to watch the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, 2016 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Cailyn McLaughlin | Staff

Monday Night Raw faced competition for viewers this week, when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stepped into the ring. 

Many media outlets agree that Clinton won the debate, though few people seem to think that the country will win when either of the candidates takes office. 

But the candidate’s behavior assured many undecided voters and political spectators that Clinton is certainly the more presidential of the two.  

Each candidate had different goals for the debate, but both had to show composure and strength. While Trump is known for his aggressive verbal attacks and exaggerated expressions, he needed to show restraint. 

Not only was he unable to control his rolling eyes and guffaws, his lack of preparation made him seem weak and unintelligent. He had opportunities to hit Clinton hard on her changes in stances and her poor history with discrimination. 

Clinton held no punches, however, ripping into Trump’s discrimination lawsuits and history of not paying his contractors. She researched not only the important issues that were going to be brought up, her responses to her own indiscretions should also be commended. 

When Trump brought her health back up and said she didn’t have the look or the stamina for the job, she responded with a reference to the 11-hour investigation over her emails. 

While she has made many mistakes she was much more prepared to answer for them than Trump was. In addition, her responses to Trump’s more outrageous comments helped humanize her. 

She’s been criticized for not being relatable to or personal with other Americans. This debate showed that she is not only capable of having appropriate emotional responses, but she also seems to think Trump is just as incredulous as the rest of us. 

After his blunder when he was called out for his stance on the Iraq war, not only did Clinton press him and hold him accountable, her response to his dodge of the questions made him seem pathetic. 

Other amazing car-crashes of the event that further solidified Clinton’s victory included his brag about evading federal taxes, refusing to pay contractors whose work he didn’t think was good enough, his sexist and inappropriate statements toward minorities and women, and his trying to push the blame of the birther movement onto Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. 

Trump was strung up in the middle of all of his responses to these accusations by Clinton or Lester Holt who had researched or were fact-checking his behavior and stances. 

Presidents must be accountable to every statement they make, and Trump’s inability to respond adequately will absolutely  sway undecided voters who were following the debate or at least fact-checking sources. 

When it comes time for round-two, it will be interesting to see if Donald Trump comes to the table more prepared. 

If he does his homework, he has the ability to take a serious dig into some of Clinton’s diverse support group: namely minorities who she too has been accused of discriminating against. 

But if he brings the same stale arguments, round two is just going to be another smackdown.