It's War! Trump and Clinton Can't Contain Their Rancor in Debate
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton returned to the debate stage on Sunday with an almost unprecedented amount of rancor. The two presidential candidates repeatedly talked over each other, interrupted and had to be told by moderators to move on to other topics.
With prominent Republicans fleeing him in droves after the infamous 2005 hot-mic video, Trump was fighting to keep himself in the hunt at the second Presidential debate. That was almost palpable in how he prowled and paced on the stage while Clinton spoke.
The 70-year-old didn’t mince words while battling Clinton, asserting at one point that she has “tremendous hate in her heart.”
Later — accusing the Democratic nominee of stealing the primary from Bernie Sanders — Trump said, “I was surprised to see him sign up with the devil.”
He also promised to call a special investigation of Clinton and her emails if he’s elected and remarked that if he was president, “you’d be in jail!”
The nastiness began before the debate even started when Trump called a press conference with three women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. He invited two of those women to sit with his family in the audience at the debate.
At the outset of the debate, Clinton opted not to shake Trump’s hand.
The embattled billionaire businessman has lost support from many members of his own party over the weekend after the release of an 11-year-old tape featuring him discussing two women in a lascivious manner on a hot mic with Billy Bush, who co-hosted Access Hollywood at the time.
On the tape — which was first published by The Washington Post — Trump asserted that he could grab women “by the p—-” because he’s a “star,” and revealed that he had unsuccessfully tried to sleep with a married woman, since identified as Nancy O’Dell.
Trump apologized through a taped statement on Friday evening, also promising through social media that he would not leave the race — despite calls by many for him to do so.
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He even teased prison time for Clinton over her email scandal, promising to prosecute her should he be elected.
Clinton, too, didn’t hide her disdain for Trump, simply stating “no” when asked if the mogul had the discipline to be a good leader.
The entire debate was so testy, many — including HBO’s Bill Simmons — speculated the third and final event would be canceled.
Longtime CBS News broadcaster Bob Schieffer called the debate “just disgraceful.”
“How did it come to this? This is supposed to be a campaign for the most powerful office in the land,” he said.
“I just hope to God we don’t see another campaign like this one. America can do better than what we have seen here tonight.”
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Ahead of the debate, Clinton’s communications director Jennifer Palmieri told reporters that the former Secretary of State was “ready” to address the scandal — which she hadn’t yet commented on, reported CBS News.
“I think for us, in this debate, I know there’s a lot of interest in what she’ll have to say about his comments from 2005,” Palmieri said, adding, ““A lot of voters have decided in the last 48 hours that they cannot support [Trump]. She wants to make a strong case to them on both the economy and national security, as to why she should be their choice and, in prep, that is what we spent most of our time focused on.”
During the debate, Trump attempted to shift attention toward Clinton by bringing up her email scandal and criticizing various policies, which prompted Clinton to repeatedly say he had his facts wrong.