The 1st Presidential Debate Debacle

The first Presidential Debate 2016: the biggest showdown since King Kong vs. Godzilla, Pepsi vs. Coke, dogs vs. cats. You get the point. 


If you watched the debate, you know how nerve-racking it was. Our two presidential candidates, head-to-head, discussing what really matters in our country! Or so we thought. They didn’t really touch on healthcare, briefly mentioned student loan debt, and skirted around the issue of the racial divide. But honestly the most memorable things about the debate had nothing to do with the issues at all, but more to do with embarassing anecdotes and incorrect information! 


Some things I learned were:

1) Donald Trump admitted he doesn’t pay federal income taxes and said he was smart for it

2) Hillary Clinton wins the award for lowest heel height

3) I think Donald Trump’s right hand has a mind of its own

4) Hillary Clinton can go almost two hours without one sip of water

5) Donald Trump thinks that over $600 million isn’t that much money.


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So let’s get into it. When asked by Lester Holt what he says about the racial divide, Trump responded, “I say nothing.”


Donald Trump has said that African-American communities “are absolutely in the worst shape they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever ever,” and you better believe we’re looking at the TV like this:

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Frankly, it’s just insulting. According to NPR, Trump said “58% of your youth are unemployed” when actually, it’s about 27%. He said, “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good. You have no jobs…What the hell do you have to lose?” 


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What do we have to lose? That’s like saying, “Hey your lives all mean nothing, you’re doing horribly!.” So many people are out there with their own businesses, college degrees, etc and are doing perfectly fine, thanks.  


But on to something else. Let’s just take a trip down memory lane for a second:


Clinton: In fact, Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, gee, I hope it does collapse because then I can go in and buy some and make some money. Well, it did collapse.

TrumpThat called business, by the way. 

Oh? Millions of people losing their homes and life savings is business? 

ClintonDonald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it’s real. 

Trump: I did not – I did not say that






To be somewhat fair to the entire ordeal, Trump did inject Clinton’s email scam into the conversation at just the right point. 33,000 emails?! Where did they all go?! He also called out that her plan to defeat ISIS is public and when he mentioned her super predator comment, she completely ignored it. 


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Next, the yelling!


And Bernie Sanders live tweeting! Preach! 


Towards the end of the debate, Hillary finally slapped Donald on the wrist for his sexist comments, and even called him out for switching around Lestor Holt’s question. Holt asked Trump why he thought Hillary didn’t have the “presidential look.” He quickly responded saying he meant “stamina.” 


Clinton: He tried to switch from looks to stamina but this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers


For the sake of keeping my brain from exploding at this nonsense, just head over to The Huffington Post to see what he’s said. Oh, and why don’t you skip ahead to 1:00 in this video where Donald Trump says pregnancy is an inconvenience for a business.


Thanks to NPR, we have a complete fact check, word for word, of the debate last night here. So you can see the discrepancies for yourself.


Next time you’re watching the debate, make sure to be fully prepared with a couple of these books next to you!


Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary for all of the braggadocious and big-league words the candidates will use! 


The Wizard of Ozso you can escape reality for a little bit.


And The Hunger Games for a brief look into what our future might look like.


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