Trump vs Clinton: Round 2
COULD today mark the end of Donald Trump’s run for most powerful job in the world? The second US presidential debate will be held this morning (Myanmar time) – only days after the release of a 2005 tape where Trump bragged, in graphic terms, about groping women.
Critically, the format of today’s debate is a town hall-style forum where the two candidates will field questions from a room full of undecided voters.
If the obscene comments from the 2005 tape weren’t a death knell for Trump, one or more missteps today may very well be.
Once again Yangonites will be able to view a delayed feed of the event. Democrats Abroad is hosting a debate watch party at The West Steakhouse in Pearl Condo tonight.
And, once again, you don’t have to be a Clinton supporter to attend: Yangon’s Republicans, Bernie Bros, Greens or even Bull Moose Party revivalists are welcome.
Organiser Laura Grace said the effects of the recent Trump tape “are still unfolding, but the backlash seems to be severe, with highlevel Republicans cancelling joint appearances and withdrawing their support”.
Grace added that the town hall style will test both candidates.
“Clinton and Trump will be expected to directly address and engage the audience – including making eye contact, moving around the stage and respectfully answering questions,” she said.
“This format is considered the most challenging as candidates are judged by body language, demeanor and use of camera angles, as much as their actual responses.”
Clinton has already been ascendant in the polls after what was regarded as a win in the first debate on September 26.
According to a polling aggregate system on the FiveThirtyEight website, she was given a 58 percent chance of winning the election on the eve of the Hofstra University contest. This has since increased to an 81pc chance. “The stakes couldn’t be higher for Donald Trump,” Grace said.
“[Even before the tape was made public], his poor debate performance in the last debate was followed by a series of damaging events: the leak of old tax returns that imply he hasn’t paid federal taxes in decades, his attacks on a former Miss Universe about her weight and his erratic latenight Twitter ranting.”
“With many voters already casting ballots through early or absentee voting, there is very little time left for him to recover.”
“The Teflon Don” has been able to survive the unsurviveable in this election cycle before – mocking the disabled, a litany of racial slurs, other misogynistic remarks, just to name a few. But will the fallout from #gropegate finally mean it’s all over?
The second debate watch party will be held today from 6:30pm-9pm at The West Steakhouse in Pearl Condo.
American citizens will be able to drop off their mail-in ballots and, if they need, access emergency ballots at the event.
Workers prepare the stage for the second presidential debate.