Foregone Conclusion; Hillary Rodham Clinton on Threshold of the White House

Donald Trump fails to deliver in third debate.

Foregone Conclusion; Hillary Rodham Clinton on Threshold of the White House

Donald Trump it seems has conceded defeat but at the same time has stunned the media and the world in general by saying that he may not accept the results of the election alluding to rigging or media bias.

Trump needed a compelling victory in Wednesday’s third debate to steer his campaign on a positive course but with only 18 days left, he seems to have lost it. The media, in general, has declared Clinton the winner of the presidential debates.

It was expected and hoped that Trump would come in for the third debate like a raging bull, giving it all he has got but surprisingly he was mild and subdued. He did not attack Clinton as many had expected him to do so nor did he raise the sleaze factor baiting her for her husband’s sexual antics.

Policy matters were the focus of debate and the two candidates dwelt at length on the issues more than the other two meetings. Although it was Trump’s best debate it was dampened by two things, first his refusal to be apologetic for his actions and his refusal to accept the results of the election.

rump in final debate showdown
Trump in final debate showdown (Photo-Reuters)

Donald Trump will prove to be a poor and sore loser as he is already blaming the media particularly The New York Times and CNN calling then dishonest and corrupt.

Brushing aside the media hype of the women who have accused him of inappropriate behavior he claims it to be the attempt by the Hillary camp to further smear him. He has gone on to mock the women who has accused him of sexual abuse as being too unattractive to be his targets.

Unfortunately for Trump, the videos of him saying and doing those things have circulated endlessly this campaign season. Clinton has a significant lead in the debates and Trump did not do anything spectacular in the third debate to win back ratings.

In the first debate Clinton lashed out at Trump about his father’s business and his refusal to release his taxes, which made a mark on the voters as cheating or evading to pay taxes is a very serious offense.

Unfortunately for Trump, just before the second debate the sex tape from his interview with ‘Access Hollywood’ surfaced and went viral and most of the second debate was covered with questions relating to the tape which gave Clinton enough fodder to bury Trump.

Trump countered by holding a press conference and introduced all the women Bill Clinton is alleged to have sexually abused. He even had the gall or audacity to bring four of the women to the debate.

In the third debate, Clinton led by six points from what was almost a tie. Incidentally, this was then the margin by which Obama won election four years ago.

Third 2016 Presidential Debate (Clinton vs. Trump)
Third 2016 Presidential Debate (Clinton vs. Trump)

Donald Trump does not have the mastery of foreign affairs, diplomatic skills and as is obvious the finesse to deal with foreign leaders. Besides negotiating trade deals, cutting corporate taxes and reducing regulations — he can accomplish little to make the enormous economic turnaround he says his policies would cause.

As election day looms nearer It would be important for the candidates to look Presidential so voters can make their minds but that does not seem to be happening. Trump refuses not to show humility will cost him. He mocks his women accusers and refuses to apologize. “I didn’t even apologize to my wife, who’s sitting right here because I didn’t do anything,” he said.

Clinton did not perform impeccably either. She was questioned about the Clinton foundation which Trump described as a criminal enterprise. She snapped back that Trump’s own foundation had been embroiled in controversies. At the end of the debate, the moderator gave both candidates a chance to appeal to the American people.

Clinton eloquently and in a disciplined manner said’ “I’m reaching out to all Americans — Democrats, Republicans and independents — because we need everybody to help make our country what it should be, grow the economy, make it fairer, to make it work for everyone,” she said, “We need your talents, your skills, your commitments, your energy, your ambition.”

Trump, however, could not make a valid argument about why he should become President other than displaying bitterness and rancor.

November 8 now seems just a formality for it is almost a foregone conclusion that Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the 45th President of the United States of America.

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