The Clinton, Trump debate Sunday night in Saint Louis included fiery exchanges, and brash businessman Donald Trump turned the moderator questions regarding “locker room talk” from 11 years ago into an attack on both former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary for their own sexual past and the abuse of women.
Both moderators in the Clinton/Trump debate, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz, went after Donald Trump from the beginning regarding the recorded “tape” which suddenly was released as more embarrassing WikiLeaks emails were dumped on Friday, per the CBS report.
It did seem as though Trump was being “triple-teamed” this evening in the Clinton, Trump debate which was supposed to be him going toe-to-toe with Hillary Clinton and focused upon answering questions from undecided voters. The reactions and chatter on Twitter prove amusing of course, especially as at one point Trump declared that his rival “should be ashamed of herself.”
Moderator Cooper asked Trump about his remarks, and Trump apologized a few times and tried to turn the conversation and his allotted time towards big issues such as the mess the world is in and the fact that ISIS has still been “chopping off heads” and “drowning people in steel cages” and it’s all “like medieval times.”
A good “blow-by-blow” is given over at Breitbart on the timeline of remarks. A transcript with the exchanges between Cooper and Trump, and then Raddatz and Trump is somewhat enlightening over at the Washington Post.
“You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?”
Trump made his apologies then, and repeated them again while attempting to bring up the subjects threatening the Western world.
“You know, when we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have — and, frankly, drowning people in steel cages, where you have wars and horrible, horrible sights all over, where you have so many bad things happening, this is like medieval times. We haven’t seen anything like this, the carnage all over the world.”
Cooper kept at him though, not satisfied with his two apologies and the attempt to take a dig at the Obama Administration and the former Secretary of State Clinton over the mess in the Middle East, which seemed to worsen because of “a vacuum that was left because of bad judgment.” Trump repeated his statement that he does have “great respect for women.”
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Moderator Martha prefaced her own “tape question” to Trump by stating how much interest there was in it.
“This tape is generating intense interest. In just 48 hours, it’s become the single most talked about story of the entire 2016 election on Facebook, with millions and millions of people discussing it on the social network. As we said a moment ago, we do want to bring in questions from voters around country via social media, and our first stays on this topic.”
Trump answered the question again.
“It was locker room talk, as I told you. That was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I am a person who has great respect for people, for my family, for the people of this country. And certainly, I’m not proud of it. But that was something that happened.”
Since he had time to continue speaking, however, he opted to attack his rival’s own behavior towards women and the actions of her husband, the former President Bill Clinton, which seemed to blindside the mods.
“If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine are words, and his was action. His was what he’s done to women. There’s never been anybody in the history politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women. So you can say any way you want to say it, but Bill Clinton was abusive to women.”
And Trump went on his very own shock and awe attack.
“Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously. Four of them here tonight. One of the women, who is a wonderful woman, at 12-years-old, was raped at 12. Her client she represented got him off, and she’s seen laughing on two separate occasions, laughing at the girl who was raped. Kathy Shelton, that young woman is here with us tonight.”
Trump then railed at the mods and those who seemed to be hyper-critically pointing their fingers at him.
“So don’t tell me about words. I am absolutely — I apologize for those words. But it is things that people say. But what President Clinton did, he was impeached, he lost his license to practice law. He had to pay an $850,000 fine to one of the women. Paula Jones, who’s also here tonight.”
Trump added some final words of warning to the three of them, and he received a big applause from the undecided voters in the crowd afterwards.
“And I will tell you that when Hillary brings up a point like that and she talks about words that I said 11 years ago, I think it’s disgraceful, and I think she should be ashamed of herself, if you want to know the truth.”
The only thing Raddatz could do after the spontaneous burst of applause was remind the crowd of the rules and invite Clinton to respond.
So, who won the Clinton, Trump debate in Saint Louis?
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