You’ve got to hand it to Donald Trump for making politics interesting.
The second U.S. Presidential debate is upon us today and I have to say, I’ve never cared much for these types of things before. But this is no ordinary election, is it?
Usually at an election debate, we’d see a couple of very polished, very rehearsed politicians throwing about a bunch of refined campaign messages.
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But with Donald Trump in the mix, anything is possible – especially after the week he’s had. In case you missed it, a video has been leaked during the last week of Donald Trump, around a decade ago, making some very disparaging remarks about hitting on women.
Here were the topline comments that has most people *upset*:
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them – it’s like a magnet. Just kiss, I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything, grab them by the pussy.”
He’s attempted to brush the comments off as ‘locker room’ talk, and Hillary Clinton – no stranger to a scandal herself – has stayed conspicuously quiet in the days since the story broke.
His Republican colleagues? They haven’t been so quiet! Many are calling for him to drop out of the election, while his VP running mate, Mike Pence, has said, “We pray for his family.”
Even his own wife, Melania, issued a statement on Saturday acknowledging that “the words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me.”
That’s certainly one way to put it.
This lack of support is clearly bothering Trump, so much so that in the minutes leading up to the debate today (mid-morning Monday for us; Sunday night in the US), he has been busy tweeting his frustration at his own party rather than getting in the right zone for his second stand-off with Clinton:
“So many self-righteous hypocrites. Watch their poll numbers – and elections – go down!”
The last debate attracted more than 80 million viewers. One thing is certain: today’s debate is sure to attract twice that many people, glued to the screen as we ponder: could this possibly be the next United States President?