Nobody’s asking for it, but I’m giving it to you anyways: my opinion on last night’s American Presidential Debate with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Let’s start with Trump. I cannot take someone seriously who says “believe me, believe me” as if that is a reason to believe someone. Especially when he outright lies about everything – case and point: “I was against the war in Iraq” even though he is on record saying he supported it. He is a bald-faced liar. But I don’t even know if this is the biggest reason he would be so horrendous as president. The biggest reason, in my mind, is that he is truly ignorant of so many important issues. He does not offer any policy points, but speaks only out of his opinions and feelings, criticizing what is currently in place without offering any alternatives.
There are so many reasons Trump should not be President: his temperament (though, according to him it is his biggest strength), his careless language and rhetoric, his gross attempt to pass as a Christian, his desire to put down people who are not like him, his inability to let a tweet go without responding, his bravado and arrogance, etc., etc.,etc. I could go on. But ON TOP of all of these things, he doesn’t even have basic explanations for any policy direction or decision. He hasn’t shared his plan to defeat ISIS because he doesn’t want to “give it away” which is code for “I have no plan.” He answers questions on policy with personal opinions, or personal attacks of his opponent. He is not equipped to be President, and I fear what he could do with the amount of power he would hold as the POTUS.
Then there is Hillary. I honestly thought she performed well in the debate. Kind of rehearsed and robotic and relied on repeating talking points that she had practiced. But this doesn’t bother me so much, because at least she HAD points. At least she gave alternatives and described policies she would implement. She seemed prepared – she knew what kind of questions would be asked and she had answers for them. Someone could listen to her side of the debate and understand where she stood on a number of issues. You could understand her vision for America.
I don’t agree with Hillary Clinton on a lot of things. I’m not a Democrat (obviously this is also because I’m not an American) and I do not support her policy positions on a variety of issues. That being said, she has policy positions. Unlike Trump, this is not her major problem. Her major problem is that she is untrustworthy. I’ve heard enough about her email scandal and the Clinton Foundation to know that she is corrupt. She makes decisions for personal gain and is motivated by money, power and influence. I do not trust her as a person and a politician. So, even though she has all these policy positions and ideas and experience, etc. she is not a trustworthy person. If she was not The Hillary Clinton, she would have been impeached over her emails because she put the country at risk. To me, this is enough to disqualify her as a Presidential candidate. Someone who is above the law does not deserve to hold that position. Out of respect to the American people – whom she endangered with her careless behaviour – she should step out of this race. I know it’s not going to happen, but one could hope. #bringbackBernie
I am both very happy and very unhappy to be Canadian after watching that debate. I do not have to vote for one of these two in November, and that’s a good thing. I don’t know if I could give my vote to either one of them, as I think neither are fit to be President of the U.S. On the other hand, I am not so naive as to think that the election will not effect me as a Canadian. I’m watching the debate, for goodness sake – it obviously matters to me who is elected. The U.S. and Canada are allies, friends, trade partners and have a long history together. I worry how that relationship may end up. I also worry about Canada’s place on the world stage, once the international status quo is inevitably shaken up by the election of one of two most unlikeable presidential candidates.
So, to sum: I don’t like Trump, I don’t like Clinton, and the debate didn’t do anything to change that. I’m curious about how the rest of this election will pan out. I will be waiting – like everyone – on the edge of my seat on Nov. 8 to see what happens.
Last word: it would have been nice to see Gary Johnson and Jill Stein up there on stage. I know they didn’t meet the 15% threshold to get on the debate stage, they should have been there. I don’t necessarily support either of them, but I think the diversity of opinions and voices would have been positive. At the very least, they may have been able to keep things civil and bring the discussion back to real politics.