Clin­ton, Trump trade in­sults in 2nd de­bate

Trump says Clin­ton should be in jail over email server con­tro­versy

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REUTERS/ There was a mo­ment in Sun­day’s US pres­i­den­tial de­bate when Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton was try­ing to fend off an at­tack from Repub­li­can ri­val Don­ald Trump about her use of a pri­vate email server while she was sec­re­tary of state.

“It’s just aw­fully good that some­one with the tem­per­a­ment of Don­ald Trump is not in charge of the law in our coun­try,” Clin­ton said of her ri­val for the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion.

“Be­cause you’d be in jail,” Trump shot back, draw­ing a mix of gasps and ap­plause from the crowd that was de­fy­ing in­struc­tions to re­main silent.

It was one of the most ex­plo­sive mo­ments of the de­bate in St Louis, and un­prece­dented for one pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to sug­gest on a de­bate stage that his op­po­nent should be in jail.

The de­bate was crammed with mo­ments that could at best be de­scribed as petty and at worse vi­cious — as the can­di­dates traded per­sonal at­tacks and sar­cas­tic one-lin­ers. Trump fre­quently in­ter­rupted Clin­ton and sparred with the two de­bate mod­er­a­tors, who in turn chas­tised the crowd for oc­ca­sional out­bursts.

When mod­er­a­tor An­der­son Cooper asked Clin­ton if Trump had the dis­ci­pline to be a good leader, Clin­ton re­sponded with one word: “No.”

“I’m shocked to hear that,” Trump re­sponded sar­cas­ti­cally.

He called Clin­ton names, in­clud­ing re­fer­ring to her as “the devil” when dis­cussing the sup­port for her by US Se­na­tor Bernie San­ders, Clin­ton’s ri­val for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

“We have a di­vided na­tion, be­cause peo­ple like her — and believe me, she has tremen­dous hate in her heart,” Trump said a few min­utes later.

Clin­ton in turn jabbed at Trump for his lewd re­marks about women cap- tured on a 2005 video­tape re­leased on Fri­day that has thrown his can­di­dacy into cri­sis. “OK, Don­ald, I know you’re into big di­ver­sion tonight, any­thing to avoid talk­ing about your cam­paign and the way it’s ex­plod­ing and the way Repub­li­cans are leav­ing you,” Clin­ton said.

After 90 min­utes of such harsh ex­changes, the mood changed sud­denly when the fi­nal ques­tion came from an au­di­ence mem­ber who asked each can­di­date to de­scribe one ad­mirable quality about the other.

“I re­spect his chil­dren. His chil­dren are in­cred­i­bly able and de­voted, and I think that says a lot about Don­ald,” Clin­ton said.

Trump said of Clin­ton, “She doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up, I re­spect that.”

At the close of the de­bate, they shook hands, some­thing they had no­tably avoided do­ing when the night started.


Demo­cratic US pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clin­ton speaks dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial town hall de­bate with Repub­li­can US pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump at Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in St Louis, Missouri, US, on Sun­day/

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