Monday 27 March 2017

No clear winner, but Hillary scored hits on Trump in bruising debate

Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton smiles during the first presidential debate with Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016 Picture: Reuters
Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton smiles during the first presidential debate with Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016 Picture: Reuters
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

The madness started before the event even began. First there was the sparring over the guests at the first US presidential debate of Campaign 2016. When Donald Trump's billionaire-buddy-turned-nemesis Mark Cuban announced he would sit in the front row to throw the Republican candidate off his game, Trump's team responded by threatening to invite Gennifer Flowers, one of the many women who have accused Bill Clinton of inappropriate sexual shenanigans.

In the end, that threat proved to be an empty one and while Cuban did turn up, Flowers didn't make a late entrance.

It was, perhaps, the only sensible decision made by either team in a campaign which is rapidly becoming so toxic and irredeemably puerile that veteran American political journalists admit they've never seen anything like it.

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