Who won the presidential debate 2016? This is the question that everyone seems to be asking. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the high-pitched debate last night received unprecedented attention from voters across the US and people from across the world.
Everyone was eager to see what is the stand of the two presidential hopefuls from Democratic and Republican parties. While the two have made their stand very clear months in advance, the faceoff was the first for the two candidates and thus the huge enthusiasm.
Donald Trump has gone to great length in trying to please everyone. Merely a few hours before the debate, he told the world that he will recognize ‘occupied’ Jerusalem as the legitimate capital of Israel. This coming from a man who was not very popular with AIPAC merely months ago shows the charlatan like changes that he has undergone recently.
Many people thought that Hillary Clinton will beat him without much of an effort with her decades’ long experience as top US diplomat representing the country throughout the world. While there are reasons to believe that he won the debate by a whisker, Donald Trump’s defiance and aggression won him many more Republican support.
There is no denying the fact that the second half of the debate was more revealing than the first, and specifics mattered as much as style. Those in Trump’s inner circle worried afterward that Clinton scored more points than they anticipated. Trump will have to bounce back to keep the race close.
But if Trump was aggressive, Clinton was blunt, to say the least. Despite opening pleasantries, Trump and Clinton wasted little time clashing over who is an agent of change and who is physically fit to serve as president. “She doesn’t have the look, she doesn’t have the stamina,” Trump said.
But he got a prompt response from Clinton. “As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, and opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a Congressional committee — he can talk to me about stamina,” Clinton responded to cheers. Asked why he won’t release his tax returns, Trump deflected by raising the scandal that’s dogged Clinton for months. “I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer’s wishes — when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release,” Trump said. Clinton suggested Trump was hiding something and said he may have paid no federal income tax at all. “That makes me smart,” Trump said. “So if he’s paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health,” Clinton said.