The Morning After: Clinton and Trump's Night In Vegas
It was "bigly"
The Short of It:
Last night, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton weathered a night in Vegas.
The Longer Version of It:
The final presidential debate which took place in University of Nevada, Las Vegas and was hosted by Fox News's Chris Wallace happened last night. Here's what they talked about:
The Supreme Court: Both candidates addressed their responsibility to fill the open seat which was initially filled by Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away earlier this year. Clinton asserted her opinion that a Justice should represent all Americans no matter their gender or sexual orientation. Trump emphasized the importance of having a Justice that is in strong support of the Second Amendment.
Abortion: In a question about upholding the Supreme Court decision on Roe V. Wade, Trump said he'd nominate a pro-life Justice who would end up overturning the landmark case. Clinton emphasized her support of the choice to have a late-term abortion in the case of detriment to a mother's health. Trump "translated" and said what Clinton meant was that she wanted to "rip the baby out of the womb" on the day before the birth. To which Clinton threw up her hands and called him out on his "scare rhetoric".
Immigration: Trump's strong opinion about the need for 'one big wall' and getting "bad hombres" out of the country was emphasized here, while Clinton stressed a need for investment in "comprehensive immigration reform."
Vladimir Putin: Both candidates think the other candidate could end up being his puppet. Trump asserted that Putin has outsmarted Clinton and Obama when it comes to his hold of nuclear weapons. Clinton called out Trump for knowing that Russia has hacked the election, and passed on her email to WikiLeaks who continues to dump her emails for the world to see.
Experience: Clinton reminded Trump that while she was in the Situation Room he was out harassing women on 'The Apprentice" and Trump responded by saying he was building a billion dollar company.
Fair elections: When asked about accepting the results of the election, Trump refused to answer stating "I'll keep you in suspense." The threat of not conceding to the election is quite a step away from presidential election traditions.
The Takeaway: Both candidates brought they A-game in last night's debate, though they were largely just playing a more tame and perturbed version of themselves in the first debate. Trump made his way through the forum by still making various remarks throughout Clinton's responses. Clinton continued to smile through the remarks. Trump's admission of not committing to accepting the results of the election if he lost — a comment Clinton called "horrifying" will keep us on our toes until that big night comes.