Jake Spruance’19

The first Presidential debate finished last week, and whoa, regardless of your political beliefs, everyone can agree that the debate was crazy. The online fact-checkers were working like mad, and the candidates interrupted each other, and Lester Holt, continuously.

I personally believe that Hillary Clinton came out on top with her colors flying—she was vastly more prepared for the debate than Donald Trump. She focused on the task at hand, answered her questions without avoiding them, and was also able to deflect most of her opponent’s claims and accusations. Donald Trump, on the other hand, continued to lie about his support of the Iraq War, danced around many of his questions, and became flustered and obviously irritated by the end of the debate. He justified his refusal to rent his apartments to black tenants by saying that everyone did that at the time. In fact, he glorified himself by opening up a non-exclusive casino in Palm Beach; of course, no such businesses should ever be exclusive. After the debate, he only fueled people’s anger against him when he continued to bash Alicia Machado, the Miss Universe pageant participant who he had previously called “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping,” by accusing her of having a sex tape. I do not understand how a person so openly sexist, racist, and ill-prepared could be considered to be the leader of the number one military power in the world.

There are three more debates coming up: the Vice Presidential Debate on Tuesday, October 4th, the second Presidential debate on Sunday, October 9th, and the last Presidential debate on Wednesday, October 19th. In the days leading up to the election, anything could happen, with filth and scandal consuming much of the election. While it is important to be aware when this drama appears, it is also important to know each candidate’s actual political views, not just the nastiness surrounding them. Online quizzes like isidewith.com and The Political Compass can help people determine their political beliefs and what they find most important, and from there they can compare them with each candidate’s ideas. Where do you stand? Let us know in the comments.