Flashback: The Last Presidential Debate

The third and final Presidential Debate of 2016 aired Wednesday, October 19th at 9:00 pm (ET). While being centered around the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, the event made it clear to all eligible voters across America that this year’s presidential election will be one to remember. Major topics included the national debt, the Second Amendment, marriage equality and abortion rights, immigration, economy and trade policies, Trump’s sexual assault accusations vs. Clinton’s email scandal, and the Middle East/refugee policy.

When the moderator stated a prediction that both candidates’ economic plans would increase the national debt, both Trump and Clinton quickly rejected the estimates with promises to create jobs and “not add a penny to the national debt” (Clinton). Next, during the Second Amendment question, Clinton pointed out that the National Rifle Association was running ads against her, with Trump adding on that he was “very proud”. The most controversial topic surrounding abortion laws revisited Trump’s comment that, “there should be some form of punishment for women involved” and added on, “if you go with what Hillary is saying, in the ninth month, you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother.”

During the immigration battle, Trump stated that the heroin crisis was due to the lack of border security and that, “We have some bad hombres.”–a subtle but memorable insult to those of Mexican descent. Clinton then called him a hypocrite because of the nominee’s use of undocumented labor to build the Trump Tower. With another blow at Trump’s “crocodile tears” about work force and using Chinese steel for many of his construction projects, he stated that it was Bill Clinton that caused the nation’s economy to become stagnant.

One of the most memorable highlights was when Trump accused Clinton of avoiding responsibility for her actions (rel. To email scandal), she said, “He never apologizes or says he’s sorry for anything..it’s not one thing, this is a pattern.” Clinton then made a remark directed towards all women watching the debate, “Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger…I don’t think there’s a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.” while referencing Trump’s numerous sexual assault scandals. The closing statements were made, and left millions of voters contemplating which “puppet” they would rather vote for on November 8th.