Trump Threatens To Jail Hillary
- Loses Second Round 34-57
Washington (DC): Democratic party candidate Hillary Clinton won the second presidential debate beating Republican candidate Donald Trump 57 to 34. She earlier won the first debate also. This was the verdict given by the watchers of the debate according to CNN/ORC. The debate was nasty with both the candidates repeating the same awkward questions although Hillary kept her smile throughout even when Trump threatened to jail her for lying in the case of emails scandal. He said if elected he would ask the Justice Department to re-investigate her for her use of a private email server to handle government transactions. He said he did not want to say something like this and it was never said earlier by any candidate but he all the same said, ‘he is going to appoint a special prosecutor to look into your situation’. It was then that Hillary commented that Trump lives ‘in an alternate reality’. The debate was unusually bitter. The candidates violated the sober and dignified nature of the earlier presidential debates.
The “sex tape” has entered the lexicon of the presidential debate with Hillary referring to the Friday tapes and Trump denying having said something which he did say and ultimately ending up apologizing. He said he apologized to his family and the people earlier. Trump asked his Twitter followers to ‘check out sex tape’ of a former Miss Universe with whom he was feuding. He then corrected himself saying that he wanted his followers to examine the life of Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe. Hillary brought up the subject in the first debate. It was about a 1990s episode where Trump made a spectacle of Machado’s weight.
Questioned about evasion of taxes, Trump agreed that he avoided taxes taking advantage of some provisions in federal tax system. When moderator Anderson Cooper asked Trump whether he used his reported loss of $916 million in 1995 as reason to avoid taxes taking advantage of the loopholes in the system, the Republican candidate repeatedly said ‘Of course I do’. He said all of the donors who contributed to Hillary’s hefty election kit also avoid federal taxes. He, however, did not specify for how many years he avoided paying income tax. “I understand the tax code better than anybody that has ever run for president’, he boasted. Clinton interjected saying, ‘Donald always takes care of Donald and people like Donald’.
Trump said his proposal to ban foreign Muslims from entering the US has ‘morphed’ without telling what it had actually morphed into. Martha Raddatz, the second moderator, interrupted Trump several time and even repeated a question when he did not really answer it. She asked, “Would you please explain whether or not the Muslim ban still stands”. Trump replied, “It is called extreme vetting”. He did not elaborate. Rejecting Hillary’s claim that he debunked his stand on his opposition to war, Trump said he was opposed to war on Iraq and it was not debunked.
When Trump spoke about re-investigation of the charges relating the email scandal, Hillary exclaimed that, “It’s just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country”. This point in the debate must have cost the Republican candidate a large percentage of ‘likes’. When moderator Anderson asked, “That is sexual assault. You bragged that you committed sexual assault. Have you understood the implications of this?”. “I did not say that at all. I don’t think you understood what was said. This was locker-room talk”, replied Trump. The moderator repeatedly asked Trump if he actually committed what he bragged about. “I am very embarrassed by it. I hate it”, pleaded Trump.
Shortly before the debate started Trump hosted a very unusual news conference with four women. All the four women claimed they were maltreated by Bill Clinton or his wife Hillary Clinton. One of them was Paula Jones who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment in early 1990s. Another woman was Juandite Broaddrick who said at the news conference that the former president had raped her in 1978. “Mr Trump may have said some bad words. But Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there is any comparison”, she said. She made such statement many times over the years.
When Trump was going on making charges and repeating them about the email scandal, Hillary said let the matter rest there and let the audience ask their questions. She was more comfortable answering questions relating to Syrian refuges and the huge humanitarian problem there. She explained how she would handle the situation in Iraq and Syria without sending the US soldiers. On Obama Health Care also she was eloquent in her answers. She appeared more confident compared to Trump who was fidgety and was found frowning a couple of times. He promised to improve his performance after losing the first debate. But it was not the case. His performance got worse. May be the sex tape had taken its tally.