September 27, 2016
The US newspapers reported the major blow that the Democrat hopeful Hilary Clinton dealt her Republican opponent Donald Trump a major blow during their first presidential debate.
Titling its main article, ” Attacks fly in first presidential debate as Clinton’s jabs put Trump on defensive,” The Washington Post mentioned that Donald Trump unrelentingly blamed the nation’s chronic problems on ‘typical politician’ Hillary Clinton, yet he found himself mostly on the defensive in their first debate here Monday night as she denounced him for racial insensitivity, hiding potential conflicts of interest and ‘stiffing’ those who helped build his business empire.
“Trump, the Republican nominee, spent much of the evening explaining himself — about his temperament, treatment of women and minorities, business practices and readiness to be commander in chief, as well as over his long perpetuation of a falsehood about Barack Obama’s birthplace to delegitimize his presidency.”
“He has a long record of engaging in racist behavior, and the birther lie was a very hurtful one,” said Clinton, the Democratic nominee. “Barack Obama is a man of great dignity, and I could tell how much it bothered him and annoyed him that this was being touted and used against him.”
The New York Times described the debate as relentlessly antagonistic and pointed out that the two presidential candidates clashed over trade, the Iraq war, his (Trump) refusal to release his tax returns and her (Clinton) use of a private email server, with Trump frequently showing impatience and political inexperience as Clinton pushed him to defend his past denigration of women and President Obama.
NYT added that Trump repeatedly interrupted Clinton and at times talked over her throughout the 90-minute debate, making slashing attacks that surely pleased his Republican base but may have been off-putting to women and undecided voters. “He also left unchallenged her assertion that he paid no federal taxes for years.”
“Clinton repeatedly chided Mr. Trump for bungling his facts while accusing him of hiding information about his debts to Wall Street and foreign banks.”
“Trump takes the bait,” CNN website wrote.
CNN said that Trump was the self-proclaimed counterpuncher, but it was Clinton whose restraint was on display: She waited for Trump to create an opening before she pounced.
“She let moderator Lester Holt grill Trump about his refusal to release tax returns before delivering her own withering assessment of his insistence that a “routine audit” be completed first.”
The Huffington Post noted that Donald Trump fell for Hillary Clinton’s trap at Monday’s Presidential Debate, highlighting that Donald Trump, within striking distance of the presidency, stepped on stage here Monday and did what Hillary Clinton hoped he would.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met in the first face off on Monday in Hofstra University in New York in a fiery US presidential debate.
Source: US Media Outlets
It only took 90 minutes, but Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump fell into a rut that reinforced both of their stereotypes. On most issues, Mrs. Clinton relaxed into wonkery – especially on national security – and delivered wooden lines about eagerly awaiting fact-checks. Mr. Trump’s reactions were a mix of favored rally themes and stream of consciousness boasts, and he interrupted with tangents and confusing non sequiturs, often in praise of himself.
Most people will say Mrs. Clinton got the better of these exchanges and had a good night. But both missed the opportunity to break out and show more repertoire. Mr. Trump continued to own the image of “strength,” toughness and the notion of shaking up the D.C. status quo. Mrs. Clinton kept her perceived monopoly on empathy and compassion for vulnerable people.
Interesting academic work suggests the most successful politicians defy conventional categories and steal traits that are normally associated with their opponents. The candidates will need to at least attempt this kind of shakeup to have any hope of achieving breakout in this campaign.
The debate, the first of three debates leading up to the election on the eighth of November, tackled how to improve the US economy as well as the US intervention abroad and the fight against terrorism, in addition to issues of migrants, minorities and racial discrimination.
Trump said Clinton lacked “stamina” needed to take over the presidency and that she has caused “chaos” in the Middle East, adding that the United States cannot be “the world’s policeman,” or protect all its allies without being paid for that.
Clinton, in turn, expressed that Trump built his political career on the “racist lie” when he questioned the birth place of President Barack Obama and his right to assume the presidency.
Source: Al-Manar Website