Who’s The Real Winner Of The Second Presidential Debate?



Depending on who you ask, the second debate went well. Some say Clinton won, some say Trump did. But the purpose of the debate was to give the candidates a platform. Some are calling it the nastiest debate of all time.

It was a real war of words, with each candidate seeking to undercut the other. But, it had it’s interesting moments.

Trump apologizes for lewd comments
He addressed the behavior that led to 2005 comments about sexually assaulting women, saying he’s “not proud of” it and apologized, “I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.” Deflecting that, he called Bill Clinton a historical abuser of women, saying “If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse.”

He admits he would put Hillary in jail if he could
The pair wrestled over Hillary’s leaked emails, with Trump regularly accusing the moderators of favoring Hillary, he then said if he won he’d get the attorney general to look into Hillary’s email situation. When she replied that she was glad he wasn’t in charge of the laws, he shot back with “Because you’d be in jail,” the crowd cheered.

Katy Perry called his social media numbers ‘measly’
He spent most of the night talking about his social media followers, which left a lot of people unimpressed. Most notably, Katy Perry tweeted about it. Her followers noticed that she was 7.44x more presidential if social media numbers were an indication of that.

Clinton commented on Trump’s misfires
Clinton couldn’t help but comment on the fact that Trump’s campaign was getting messy. With comments coming out from all over the place, and people abandoning him at the last minute. She accused him of trying to divert attention from the fact that his campaign is exploding and the Republicans are leaving him.

Hillary clarifies we aren’t at war with Islam
On the subject of Islamaphobia, Hillary said, “We are not at war with Islam. And it is a mistake, and it plays into the hands of the terrorists, to act as though we are.”

Trump’s taxes are brought to light again
When it came to taxes, Hillary said that Trump gives “zero for our vets, zero for our military,” and called it wrong. Trump rebuffed her and accused her of not doing enough to reform the tax code.

It ends on a slightly more positive note
At the end, an audience member asked the two candidates if they had anything positive to say about each other. Clinton replied, “Look, I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald.” While Donald replied, “I will say this about Hillary. She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is.”



Who do you think ‘won’ this debate? On one hand, Trump is a talker, and Clinton’s silence sometimes spoke volumes, on the other hand, he has got into trouble for his words. It’s tough to call, and a lot of younger Americans are disillusioned with both choices. What do you think?

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  • Lucie

    Thank you for this summary. Now, I am going to watch the whole video. :-)

    • Marsha @ Splenderosa

      Summary sucked.
      Watch the entire debate and make up your own mind.

    • Thanks Lucie. Added the link for you. X

  • Bianca

    I think Trump won, and I think is pretty clear whose side are you on.

    Not very professional in my opinion

    • Marsha @ Splenderosa

      Too true !!!

    • Hey Bianca,
      As stated I have no preference between Trump/Clinton. I based this article on most major news outlets. I do think that perhaps the confusion came from choosing more of Trump’s quotes than Hillary’s? Maybe I could add in what she said about Abraham Lincoln? But even then it would seem I was reporting that as a good point. Sorry that you feel that way anyway, it’s always difficult to write politics and keep everyone happy.

      • Liisilu

        I think it’s pretty sad that you habe no preference. And I actually read this article as pro Trump – which is even sadder.

  • Gail Anderson

    Trump might have won, or at least done better than he did, had he not talked about throwing Hillary in jail. I know that this would be a dream come true for Trump’s followers, but it has no place in a Presidential debate. Trump will never live this down – the jail talk is the only thing people will remember from last night. Comedians will have a field day with it – as they probably already have!

  • Marsha @ Splenderosa

    Seriously? You guys are waaaay out of your area of expertise.
    Shame on you for getting political.
    Why don’t you look at it this way: IT’S BOUND TO OFFEND SOME OF YOUR READERS !!!!!

    • Hi Marsha.
      Sorry you feel that way. I actually have no preference between the two candidates and I tried to report on the “best bits” as neutrally as I could based on what other news outlets were saying. I happen to think Trump is a better public speaker to Clinton sometimes, hence why I touched on her silences. Everything that is in the article happened in the debate (besides the Katy Perry thing that happened afterwards). It was nasty, no denying. It was more like an argument than a debate. But I never intended to convey any kind of bias. I’m sorry you are offended by this.

      • Marsha @ Splenderosa

        I think us fashion people should not publicly comment on politics. It’s too ugly right now.
        We all need to pray as neither one of the candidates is the BEST or the BRIGHTEST our country can produce.

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