Tuesday 10/11 - Nina Burleigh - Newsweek

Tuesday 10/11
Nina Burleigh

I have to look:  The Presdential debate and Campaign 2016

In the first round of the second debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton everything seemed choreographed for an early Clinton knockout. A citizen selected by the journalists was invited by the journalists to ask “her” question which had also been selected by the journalists, the anchors and producers.

The leadoff question actually was too direct and too oblique for most journalists to ask, about the candidates’ responsibility to model “appropriate and positive behavior for today’s youth.”

It made Hillary so happy she exclaimed, “I think that that’s a very good question. Because I’ve heard from lots of teachers and parents about some of the concerns, about some of the things that are being said and done in this campaign. And I think it is very important for us to make clear to our children that our country really is great because we’re good.”

Your turn, Mr. Bad, er Mr. Trump.

“Well, actually I agree with that, I agree with everything she said.”

And having agreed that good is good, The Donald proceeded to a 2 minute drill of his generic campaign themes: Iran deal, yada yada, Obamacare yada yada, “making America great again.”

CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper re-pointed the still-unanswered question … what about your “lewd” recorded conversation with Billy Bush.

“This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it,” Trump said and then gave a 4 second apology to his family and the American people and started a riff on the Islamic State.

But it was how he ended his riff that should have been his undoing. “We’re going to make America safe again,” he promised, “We’re going to make America great again and safe.”

And right here is where the coup de grace should have been delivered.

“Mr. Trump, you talk about a safe America, well, on any given day in America, the – probably large – majority of people who actually feel unsafe are women, and “locker room talk” that you dismiss so easily creates and endorses the very behaviors that make women feel unsafe.


A national survey done 5 years ago by the Centers for Disease Control, the CDC, suggested that close to 20% of American women will be raped, and close to 30% will be sexually menaced during their lifetimes. “Locker room talk” makes America less safe… ask your wife….ask your daughters.”  But no one, not even the world’s most acclaimed breaker of glass ceilings said a word.





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