The Hillary and Trump first debate lessons,
Gabriel C Banda
The first televised debate involving Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, done September 26, 2016 USA day, provided some deep lessons. We learnt, through Hillary’s presentation, that it is possible to tame persons that behave roughly.
Of course, there are some moments when Hillary Clinton allowed some chances to slip away following Trump’s words or responses. Trump called treating another person badly some business achievement. He tried some gymnastics over not revealing his tax details.
Even though Donald Trump threw in some cynical comments and remarks that would have shaken and destabilised other persons, Hillary Clinton kept steady. She was in control of the debate and even Trump himself. Trump’s gymnastics, which had humiliated fellow Republican candidates of the primaries, did not make Hillary Clinton fall.
With skill, facts, preparation, and keeping balance, a calm, gentle, person can actually tame a beastly creature. Even a beastly creature that is normally unpredictable can, under effective approach, be tamed.
Actually, Hillary continues to show that she is connected with issues and people. There has been heavy propaganda, much of it from her opponents, about Hillary missing something in terms of connecting with persons. It is possible that even her team may be believing this statement which sometimes is difficult to prove as always true. But her opponents have created a “connection” stigma on Hillary. Yet this calculated stigma seems exaggerated.
In our last post written just before the debate, we were concerned that Hillary Clinton should not be ruffled by the crude diversionary and humiliating antics of Donald Trump. We said she should keep her cool and not have some instinctive, knee reflex, “knee jerk,” reactions to Donald Trump. She should avoid Trump driving and avoid herself been driven into a direction Trump was crudely determining.
But the actual first debate showed Hillary Clinton with great composure and with masterly over the Trump personality in human body. In the process, such as on business and taxes, Donald Trump mumbled some words that made him appear crude in his relations with the public. Donald Trump seemed not ashamed that he had fanned the prejudiced Barack Obama was not born in America “Birther” lie.
Trump had been persecuting and slandering an innocent person and now, as it is in the open that what he said about Barack Obama was false, and crude, he says his evil actions actually helped Obama. It was as if he did the Birther campaign as a way of helping Barack Obama!
Many times, the more Trump tried to defend, dismiss, or cover up on something, the more open and fake he began to appear.
Many observing the debate should have been taken aback that Trump casually dismisses off serious things he had done wrongly and had thrived on. To many, it should be frightening to have such character as a President, influencing America and what influences it has in other parts of the world.
He defends exploitation of persons and the public as being astute, clever, for finding ways to cheat or beat official systems and human morality. Instead of correcting and improving himself as many persons all over the world try to do, Trump seems proud and protective of his very evident weaknesses.
The first debate, and Trump’s words and attitudes have shown there are distinctions between mere political debates/games and actions that nourish and drive evil. Yet the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate has shown that, with good preparation by those confronted by such, falsehoods and evil do not triumph.
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GCB, LUSAKA. September/October 2016.