Clinton, Trump spar over lewd remarks, Islam & taxes

RSTV Bureau

Democratic presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump during second Presidential Debate

The second presidential debate turned into a stormy and ugly battle between Democratic presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. The heated clash came turned nasty from the beginning over Trump’s 2005 video of lewd and sexually explicit remarks against women.

Showing her opposition from the first second, Hillary Clinton did not even shake hands with the 70-year- old Trump as the two rivals walked on the stage at the Washington University.

In the second segment of the town-hall style debate, the two clashed on Obamacare, taxes and Islamaphobia where Trump repeatedly slammed the former secretary of state for her “bad judgement”, pointing fingers at her as he paced the debate floor while answering the questions.

During the audience question round, Gorbah Hameed, a Muslim, asked the two nominees on how they will help people like her deal with the consequences of being labeled as a threat to the country after the election.

When pressed on whether Muslim ban is no longer his position, Trump said the ban in “some form has morphed into an extreme vetting from certain areas of the world”.

“It’s called extreme vetting. We are going to areas like Syria where they’re coming in by the tens of thousands because of (US President) Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton wants to allow a 550 per cent increase over Obama. People are coming into our country like we have no idea who they are where they’re from what their feelings about our country is and she wants 550 per cent more. This is going to be the great Trojan horse of all time,” Trump said.

Clinton shot back, saying: “We are not at war with Islam,” adding that Trump’s “extremely unwise” and “even dangerous” comments about Muslims are used to recruit terrorists.

Clinton said as president she will not let anyone into the country who she thinks poses a risk to America but a lot of refugees, mostly women and children, cannot be refused entry in the US just because they are Muslims.

“It’s also very short-sighted and even dangerous to be engaging in the kind of demagogic rhetoric that Donald has about Muslims. We need American Muslims to be part of our eyes and ears on our front lines,” said Clinton.