By Rachel Fergus.
The first of three scheduled debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took place Monday, September 26th. Though there was a great deal of interruptions, name-calling, and drifting off topic, the candidates did both manage to highlight key policies and ideas for their race to the White House. Yet during all of this, one thing became very clear: Donald Trump is not suited for presidency.
One of the main topics the candidates spoke on, was job creation. Like many of the “hot topics” discussed, job creation highlighted the polar opposite views of Clinton and Trump. Hillary Clinton called for raising the National Minimum Wage, investing in infrastructure, small businesses, and clean energy jobs. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s plan for job creation revolved around tax cuts. His logic is that jobs are leaving the United States because taxes are too high on businesses, so he plans to reduce small and big business taxes from 35% to 15%. Under this plan, Trump expects that “companies will come, they will build, they will expand.”
While laying out plans for building jobs and the economy Clinton emphasized the importance of clean and renewable energy many times, both for creating jobs and fighting Global Warming. “Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese”, Clinton began, “I think it’s real.” Trump quickly countered her remarks saying: “I did not, I do not say that.” However after the debate national and local networks displayed a tweet from Trump marked November 2012. The Tweet read: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” More recently Trump tweeted about climate change: “NBC News just called it the great freeze – coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?” (Twitter, January 2014). It is very clear that Trump DID say climate change is a hoax and a non-issue.
The candidates also discussed national security. As many expected, the topic of ISIS was put on the table. Trump blamed Hillary for ISIS, saying, “she’s been fighting ISIS her entire adult life.” Trump continued to blame Clinton for entering Iraq, and then withdrawing all American troops too quickly, leaving a power vacuum.
It is because of these claims that fact checkers are so vital. NPR (National Public Radio) had a team of political experts following the debate and checking everything the two candidates said. The fact checkers made numerous notes on Trump’s claims on national security: First, it is important to realize that Clinton had no way of fighting ISIS her entire adult life because the group has only existed in its current form since 2013 or 2014 (Philip Ewing, NPR). Clinton has been an adult for more than three years. Clinton is not to blame for Iraq either, since the war began in 2003, under George W. Bush’s administration. Michele Kelemen of NPR explained that though Bush negotiated when the U.S. would leave Iraq, it is true that some politicians claim that Obama, and Clinton as his Secretary of State, could have negotiated with the Iraqi government for a smoother withdrawal of troops.
Mr. Trump was also very critical of NATO during the debate. In fact, the candidate suggested the treaty might be obsolete because the majority of the members of the agreement “aren’t paying their fair share” and NATO does not focus enough of terrorism. Before resorting to pointing fingers at out allies, Trump might want to take a step back. If he did, the candidate would realize the only time NATO enacted Article Five – if one country is attacked the other countries react as if they had been attacked— was after 9/11.
Unfortunately, Trump used numerous other questionable “facts” during the first presidential debate. For example, the candidate claimed that the United States has the worst economy since the Great Depression. However, NPR pointed out that unemployment rate was 10 percent in 2009, while it is now 4.9 percent. Also, the Tax Foundation looked at Trump’s proposed tax cuts and announced that they would be terrible for the economy. According to the organization, over a period of about a decade the federal revenue would decrease between $4.4 and $5 trillion dollars if businesses paid a fifteen percent tax instead of the current thirty five percent tax.
Now, it is important to note that Hillary Clinton is not a perfect candidate either. It is true that she was and is under investigation for use of a private email but “FBI Director James Comey in July took the unprecedented step of announcing in a press conference the FBI’s conclusion that there was not enough evidence to merit a criminal prosecution…”(Tom LoBianco, CNN). Clinton’s use of a private email was not a smart move, but it should not cause anyone to vote for Trump instead. Trump will create an economy $4.4 trillion more dollars in debt, he insults NATO, sees Climate Change as a hoax created by China, uses made-up statistics to make his point, blames wars on Hillary Clinton that were started before she became Secretary of State, and on and on. If the Donald Trump that showed up to the debate is the Donald Trump running for President of the United States, and I could not tell any differences between the two, we as a nation and a global community need to be adamant in making sure he is not elected.
Image Sources :
This caricature of Hillary Clinton was adapted from a photo in the public domain from the East Asia and Pacific Media’s Flickr photostream. The body was adapted from a photo in the public domain from the U.S. Department of State’s Flickr photostream. This caricature of Donald Trump was adapted from Creative Commons licensed images from Max Goldberg’s flickr photostream.
This image was originally posted to Flickr by DonkeyHotey at https://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/24564574914 . The image has been licensed for fair use by the creator under the Creative Commons licence – Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) . No changes have been made.
Photo by Gage Skidmore, free to use and share.