Tuesday, 11 October 2016

The second U.S. presidential debate reached peak stupid in record time on 10 October 2016

The New York Times article of 10 October 2016 pretty much sums up the second presidential debate:

Donald Trump boiled his decadent campaign down to one message during the presidential debate on Sunday night: hatred of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

With knock-kneed Republican officeholders at last summoning the nerve to desert him, Mr. Trump went to lengths to demonize Hillary Clinton — blaming her even for his own failure to pay taxes — and to remind his hard core of supporters that he is all that stands between her and the presidency.

If he were in charge, Mr. Trump told Secretary Clinton at one point, “You’d be in jail.”

When Mrs. Clinton called Mr. Trump out for his failure to apologize to the minorities, immigrants and women he’s offended, he responded by promising vengeance. Should he win, he said, he would unleash a special prosecutor to investigate her.

Sniffing and glowering, Mr. Trump prowled behind her as Mrs. Clinton presented herself again as the only adult on stage, the only one seeking to persuade the great majority of Americans that she shares their values and aspirations. Mr. Trump, by contrast, fell back on the tricks he has learned from his years in pro wrestling and reality television, making clear how deep his cynicism goes and how little regard he has for his party, let alone the presidency…..

Fortune.com has the published the full transcript online, if readers want to expose themselves to peak stupid.

Moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz well and truly earned their fee - with most of the nastiness and all of the pouting emanating from Donald Trump but towards the end both candidates regularly running over time.

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