By Rachel Fergus.
Somehow, the second debate was more heated and more controversial than the first. This was partly due to the overwhelming theme of blaming Hillary Clinton and her husband for everything bad that has ever happened to America and Donald Trump.
One of the first topics covered was the recently released video of Donald Trump captured in 2005. Without knowing that his microphone was hot, Trump made a few very derogatory statements about women:
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the p****. You can do anything”.
In other words, Trump condoned sexual assault and excused it, saying as a star he could do whatever he wanted. When asked if he understood what he said was sexual assault, the candidate replied, “I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologized to my family. I apologized to the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it, but this is locker room talk.” Trump then entered into a monologue about ISIS and somehow, because of ISIS, what he said about women wasn’t important.
Trump does not understand the implications of a statement like the one he made in 2005. “I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” the candidate said during the debate. Yet, throughout his campaign and life, Trump has made numerous comments belittling women. The Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) has compiled a list of a few of the statements Trump has made about women:
“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.” — Trump tweeted in April 2015. He later deleted the post.
“It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.” — Trump to a female contestant in 2013 on an episode of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on ‘The Apprentice’ were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.” — Trump wrote in his 2004 book, “How To Get Rich.”
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.” — Trump in an interview with CNN in August 2015, referring to Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly.
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” — Trump in a September 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, speaking about then-primary rival Carly Fiorina.
It is pretty clear that what Trump said in 2005 was not just locker room talk, it was another example of his true personality. And this sexual-assault supporting man is one of the two people that the United States will choose to be President.
The candidates were also asked to speak on Clinton’s emails. Again. And once again Clinton apologized and took responsibility for her errors. When she finished speaking, Trump declared
But if I win, I am going to instruct my Attorney General to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there has 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 summed up his thoughts by saying, “And honestly, you ought to be ashamed of yourself.” (Note: Clinton underwent a year-long investigation carried out by the FBI and “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.) While Clinton has apologized numerous times for using a private email for classified information, and has taken full responsibility for her actions, Trump has done nothing but blame others for his faults. He reduced his rape-endorsing conversation to “locker room talk” before blaming ISIS and Bill Clinton for what he said. This was all before Donald said he respects women and women love him.
Though the rest of the debate covered important topics, the most important thing the global community and US citizens is realize how off and blatantly wrong much of what Trump said is. Here are a few of Donald’s claims and the facts provided by National Public Radio (NPR) fact checkers:
- When speaking about the Birther movement, “Well, you owe the president an apology…” Trump claims that Clinton began the Birther movement though there is no evidence for this. Trump has also been quoted numerous times as believing his part in the Birther Movement to be beneficial for the country, including in the first debate.
- Healthcare: Trump stated that Obamacare “is a disastrous plan and it has to be repealed and replaced.” Though the plan is not yet perfect, it is by no means disastrous.
-The Uninsured rate in the US is at an all-time low (nine percent).
-About 10 million more people are fully covered by Medicaid under Obama.
- On Mexican Immigration Trump said, “…we are letting people into this country that are going to cause problems and crime like you’ve never seen”. Scott Horsley, the NPR White House Correspondent corrected this statement. He wrote: “Apprehension at the Southwest border – a proxy for attempted crossings – have dropped by 79 percent from the peak in 2000. The Pew Research Center reports more Mexicans left the U.S. than entered between 2009 and 2014”(npr.org).
- “But I notice anytime anything wrong happens they like to say the Russians we don’t even know it’s Russian.” –( on email hacks and Hillary’s claim that Russians were hacking information to aid Trump in the election). The Department of Homeland Security “said Friday [October 7, 2016] that Russia is behind this year’s campaign of hacks and the release of information related to the 2016 campaign” (Phil Ewing).
- “We have no growth in this country. There is no growth.” – (Trump on the economy). However, Marilyn Geewax of NPR reported: “The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development… evaluated the U.S. economy this summer and concluded: ‘Seven years after the financial crisis, the US economy has rebounded; output has surpassed its pre-crisis peak by 10%…”
So. Now what? The election is in less than a month. There is still one more debate scheduled and it does not look like Donald Trump is planning on leaving the race anytime soon. What can we do? First, every US citizen VOTE!!! At the same time, everyone can learn about the candidates and educate others on them. Read, have conversations, write articles. Get your voice heard! As a springboard to learning more, here are a few links that I have found useful in learning about the candidates.
Breathe; the election will be over in less than a month. We can get through this.
– my article on the first presidential debate.
Image: Photo, free to use or share. Artist – Rich Girard.