On Sunday night, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic Hillary Clinton warred in the second presidential debate over emails, Syria, tax provisions and women abuse but ended on a positive note by describing one thing they liked about each other. As the debate got over with a firm handshake – something it didn’t begin with – news outlets started delivering the verdict on who won and who didn’t. More than that, however, has been the question about the nature of the debate itself. Many political analysts termed this as the ‘ugliest’ debate ever, starting from the fact that the opponents didn’t shake hands with each other at the beginning.
Here’s a look at what opinions various news outlets have on the debate:
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The New York Times
The New York Times has made its allegiance with Hillary Clinton very clear. As for the second debate, NYT reiterated that Donald Trump knows very little. Author Roxane Gay, opining for the NYT, wrote, “…he is speaking only to his base, making them froth with even more hatred.” She comments on his lack of understanding of how governance works. “It is crystal clear that a Trump presidency would lead both the United States and the rest of the world into a dystopia the likes of which even the darkest of novelists cannot fathom,” she writes. For Hillary, Gay said that she displayed tremendous grace under pressure, to the point of saying something nice about Trump (when asked) “despite how easy and satisfying it would have been to say the truth — that no, there is nothing commendable about Donald Trump.”
Bringing in a host of opinions from various members on the staff, Guardian also leaned towards Hillary Clinton. Richard Wolffe said, “The nicest thing you could say about Trump’s performance was that it was bonkers.” Jessica Valenti opined, “People will say that Trump won simply because he didn’t spontaneously combust on stage.” Christopher R Barron, swayed differently and said, “Trump succeeded in recapturing the momentum.”
In the opinion piece entitled “End of Trump?”, the Washington Post said that while Hillary Clinton maintained decorum throughout the debate, even when under attack, Donald Trump “sounded muted and tired at the onset.” The piece opined that Trump was “unintelligible at times” while Hillary Clinton was at her best when answering questions from the audience.
Calling the debate “scotched-earth battle”, CNN described it as a losing battle for Donald Trump. They acknowledged that Trump needed to win this debate now more than ever but after the debate, “it’s less clear whether his stern demeanor and prowling stage presence will expand his base of support beyond his most loyal backers, which won’t likely be enough to win next month’s election.” The CNN also pointed out that Trump’s onstage behaviour wasn’t doing good either. “Trump paced the stage for much of the debate…frequently interrupted Clinton and had trouble standing still while she spoke, sometimes appearing in her camera shot,” they said.