The second presidential debate between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton began with explosive attacks on each other on Sunday.
A 24-year-old Singaporean student Kenneth Sng delivered the opening remarks. He was representing the host university, Washington University in St Louis, as the Student Union president.
One of the expected lows seen in the debate as Donald Trump “locker room talk,” about groping women and Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill Clinton’s past sexual misconduct were topics of discussion.“Nobody has more respect for women than I do,” Trump said, to counter the past regressive talks he has made at various occasions. While Hillary quoted Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention to support her arguments: “When they go low, you go high.”
In a rhetoric performance, Mrs. Clinton came with her all time campaigning idea, that: ‘she is an experienced public servant and Mr. Trump is unfit to be president.’ Mr. Trump, said, “she owes our country an apology.”
Mr. Trump took it heads on and said, that if he wins, “I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.” Mrs Clinton said, to see Mr Trump’s falsehoods, people could just visit her website. Mrs. Clinton said it is good that Mr. Trump was not in charge of the laws in the country. “Because you’d be in jail,” Mr. Trump shot back. Mr. Trump, also indicated that the three moderators were teaming up on him.
A black audience member asked,”if the candidates could serve as president for all Americans.” Mr. Trump said that he could, wondering aloud what some voters “have to lose.”“It can’t get any worse.” After Mrs. Clinton added, “If you don’t vote for me, I still want to be your president.” Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump tussled over taxes, Clinton said, “he was giving zero for our vets, zero for our military.” Mr. Trump accused her of not doing sufficient to reform the tax code, as a senator.
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Mr. Trump attacked Mrs. Clinton for saying “half of Trump supporters could be placed in a ‘basket of deplorables’.” “Believe me, she has tremendous hate in her heart,” Mr. Trump said. A moment of respect on stage was seen, when an audience member asked to name one positive quality in their opponent. Mrs. Clinton went in first. “I respect his children,” she said. “His children are incredibly able and devoted and I think that says a lot about Donald. I don’t agree with nearly anything else he says or does, but I do respect that.” Mr. Trump, thanking her, said. “I will say this about Hillary: She doesn’t quit,” he said. “She doesn’t give up. I respect that.”
They shook hands and the debate ended.