This article was difficult to write. The Second Presidential Debate was meant to be a Town Hall style debate. This would be where the candidates answered questions from a pre-selected audience, and the moderators would ask the candidates questions from Americans. There was a website that Americans could use to pose questions to the candidates.
Then the Trump tape was released. This tape, along with other quips and statements has shown Donald’s true nature when it comes to women. This tape is all the media was talking about just before the debate. Before the Debate, it was announced that a question about that tape would be the first question posed to Donald Trump.
As soon as that tape was released Trump went on the defensive, not about himself, but accusing Bill Clinton of worse crimes than himself. Basically saying, I said this, but Bill did this. Trump even had a press conference with women who have either claimed that Bill Clinton had sexually assaulted them or raped them. He brought out a woman who Hillary Clinton was forced to defend her rapist pro-bono when she was 13.
This debate ceased to be about the issues then. When asked about the tape, he deflected to ISIS taking a long time to answer the basic question, did you sexually assault anyone? Trump finally denied ever assaulting anyone. Then flipping the script and saying that he would, if elected, hire a special prosecutor to throw Hillary in jail over the email scandal.
Honestly, after watching this debate I cannot say either candidate ended up on top. Hillary came out as less of a bully but wasn’t able to get her point across. Donald came out looking like a scared bully, picking on someone who has any faults just to make himself feel better. Trump wanted to get that tape out of the media spotlight with this debate, and with both of their performances, he did just that.