Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two front-runners in this November’s presidential election, exchanged heated words during the Debate held Monday night. Several arguments were contrived, many opinions were voiced and a lot of students listened intently as Mr. Trump and Secretary Clinton tossed verbal jabs at one another.
A room packed with Missouri Western students watched the debate at a party hosted by Student Government Association and the Politics Club.
There was a firm division in upstairs Blum Union, room 222-223, with many students pulling for either one or the other. However, quite a few students aren’t fully convinced these candidates are the best choices for this country.
Engoma Jerry stated his opinion.
“In my opinion, these two should not be our presidential candidates,” Jerry said. “I’m not one to judge one or the other, because they both have their mistakes, but I definitely think they both just belong in Congress. As far as the voice of our country, I just don’t feel comfortable with either.”
Clinton started off strong and looked to keep her cool throughout the debate. She covered such topics as job creation, minimum wage and equality between men and women. She also discussed affordable childcare and debt-free college. Many students popped at this, and justifiably so. To continue with Clinton’s main points, she pointed out that trade is an important issue. We need smart, fair trade deals. We need a tax system that isn’t just lowered but rewards hard work. As far as the legal system, she is fighting for criminal justice reform. She believes everyone should respect and should be respected by the law.
Caleb Rhodes, freshman, offered his ideal perspective on the debate and the content that took place before his eyes.
“I just feel that Hillary knows more about how to handle political issues and she’s not a racist or a sexist,” said Rhodes. “And she does not want to ruin all out treaties and is not a walking American stereotype.”
In retort to Clinton, Trump went on record to state that he would reduce taxes and create millions of jobs, which are currently “going to Mexico.” Trump claims to be the best job creator since Reagan.
In his words,“When we sell into Mexico, there’s a tax, but we get taxed. That isn’t a fair deal.”
Trump went on to mention that the trade deal about NAFTA was “the worst trade deal to ever be signed off on.”
In response to criminal justice reform, Trump acknowledged that Clinton “refused to use the words” law and order. Trump claimed this country needed law and order, and that he was the only sensible one to bring it. How this would happen wasn’t specifically outlined, which drew a lot of controversy on social media. Trump lashed out as well, calling out Clinton for being “way more temperamental” than him.
Freshman student Derek Guyer says the debate didn’t change anything for him.
“I’m conservative and I still am after that debate,” said Derek Guyer, freshman. “There really isn’t any argument as simple as that. As unprepared as people claim Trump apparently was, he still gains tremendous support everywhere he goes.”
Verbal barbs at this point were clearly being traded, with Clinton calling out Trump’s tax returns being withheld and Trump nagging on Clinton’s huge email scandal. Trump was visibly struggling to answer some questions at some points, and both contenders were berated and praised respectively by partisan crowds.
When asked if the candidates would accept the outcome of the election after November, the two focused on the future rather than their individual campaigns.
“I believe in democracy,” said Clinton. “So whatever happens, yes I will support the decision.”
“I want to Make America Great Again,” said Trump. “Whatever that takes, I will support.”