Monday, October 10, 2016
Wearing red and Trading Shots
In some ways, they both "wore" red last night as it was a nasty debate.
Trump wore a red tie and he was also seeing red for what he believes is Hillary's unfair use of a leaked recording from a private conversation of 11 years ago between him and Hollywood type (the majority in Hollywood are Democrats), Billy Bush. Bush has now been suspended by NBC
Nancy Smith's (click the link) observation on the debate--
1. No opening handshake. Debate candidates always shake hands before they come out swinging, it's just tradition.(Both were seeing red)
2. Salivating moderators jumped right into the video question. Raddatz and Cooper didn't wait for the audience to ask. Trump said he's "very embarrassed" by his lewd comments recorded in 2005 when he talked about his ability to make advances on women because of his celebrity. (Nothing was ever brought up about Hillary being an enabler of the biggest serial womanizer in the Whitehouse, her husband Bill Clinton, or her vilifying all the women involved with Bill)
3. Trump brings former Clinton accusers to the debate. And makes sure everybody knows. The women were Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton. Shelton was raped at the age of 12. Her attacker was represented by Hillary Clinton. (Trump's subtle threat was there--you proceed with an 11 year old tape, the wrath of these women will come down on your head)
4. Both candidates demand an apology for the same thing. Very weird. Trump pedaled the "birther" theory for years -- that Barack Obama was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii. Said Clinton: "He owes the president an apology, he owes our country an apology and he needs to take responsibility for his actions and his words."
Trump came back with this: "Well, you owe the president an apology because as you know very well, your campaign's Sidney Blumenthal, he's another real winner you have and he's the one that got this started, along with your campaign manager. So you really owe him an apology."
5. Clinton's private email server she used as secretary of state.
"I think the one thing you should be apologizing for are the 33,000 emails you deleted," Trump said. Clinton replied she has always admitted she made a mistake, and if she had a chance for a do-over, "would obviously never do it again." She also said there has never been any evidence that the server had been hacked. But Trump's badgering on missing emails clearly flustered her.
6. Trump's Islamophobia dodge. A Muslim woman in the audience asked, "With Islamophobia on the rise, how will you help people?" (Trump explained that Muslims have to speak out when they see something going on. He also said that we must have "extreme vetting.")
7. A special prosecutor to probe Clinton? "... If I win," Trump said while roaming the stage, "I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your (email) situation, because there have never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it, and we're going to have a special prosecutor."
Trump said Clinton took special measures to delete email correspondence from her time at the State Department: "You acid wash, or bleach them, as you would say, a very expensive process."
Replied Clinton, "Everything he just said is absolutely false, but I'm not surprised.'
8. Trump's income-tax-loophole admission. Trump said, "of course," he used the tax provision that allowed him to use a business loss to avoid paying federal income taxes for years. (He did say that Hillary's friends use the same tax rule such as Warren Buffet and George Soros and implied that those who use it don't want it eliminated)
9. Say something nice ... The last questioner in the audience asked each of them to identify something they respect in the other. The audience laughed, the candidates laughed.
Clinton said she liked Trump's children. "His children are incredibly able and devoted and I think that says a lot about Donald. ..."
Trump said, "She doesn't quit and doesn't give up. I respect that. She is a fighter. ..."