Superbowl 2016: the Great Debate

By ALEX AMENTA / Assistant News Editor

The first debate between the two presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump was being referred to by news outlets across the country as “The Super bowl” of presidential debates. This comparison to an entertaining spectacle and not a classic professional debate became more true as the debate went on. Public opinion of both the candidates has been very low with both Trump and Hillary facing negative press in the media over various scandals, this debate served as a public platform to de escalate their respective scandals and clear the air to any undecided voters. Trump particularly had interests in winning over more of the black vote, and other minorities. While Clinton’s performance was geared towards winning over millennials with her constant mentioning of free college, paid maternity and sick leave, and fair wages for women, all topics very important to an emerging millennial workforce.

Throughout the debate the moderator, Lester Holt, was very concerned with sticking to the facts of the questions he posed, as he was quick to interrupt Trump and correct him with facts he earlier contradicted. Most notably, when Trump was accused by Hillary for not believing in Global Warming, that he thought it was a hoax set up by the Chinese Government. Trump tried to deny this, however Lester brought up several tweets and other documentation on the internet proving Trump did indeed claim Global warming was a hoax engineered by the Chinese. On top of this blatant lie, 70% of the statements he made that night were considered a lie.

Hillary was not completely golden in the debate either, she is guilty for 27% of her statements being false. On top of that she couldn’t keep much authority over Trump when he interrupted her speeches. She did give some hopeful messages to minorities, and millennials alike. As well as putting out clear plans of increasing taxes on the one percent of the wealthiest Americans to help invest in American infrastructure. Overall she gave fairly concise answers to the questions Lester asked of her. Trump on the other hand, always brought any question about economics, race, or foreign affairs, to the fact that China and Mexico is destroying our country, devolved into anger fueled rants that his supporters love him for.

It’s hard to say who won this Super Bowl of a debate, public opinion is so divisive to begin with, it’s almost impossible to tell who won with any hard fact. A very hard fact we do have is found in the relationship between a looming Trump presidency and the Mexican Peso. The Peso fluctuates depending on Trump’s probability of becoming president. The more likely he is seen by the public to get elected, the less the Peso is worth (because trump threatens Mexico with harsh tariffs which will hurt their economy). However, the Mexican peso rose in value after the debate, so economic markets, at least, saw Trump as the loser. No one can say who definitely won, because this is not a conventional Presidential election. Trump’s status as an “anti-establishment” candidate allows many of his supporters to look past his performance at debates all together. Hillary’s performance was good, but was it enough to derail the Trump Train?

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