Around 100 million people wound up watching Round 1 of this heavyweight fight. Lester Holt, the Referee, by most accounts, appeared to tie Trump’s right hand behind his back from the opening bell.
The extremely broad topics for Round 1 were “America’s Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity,” and “Securing America.” The most talked about punch actually came from the Referee, not the Democratic boxer.
The Referee made the accusation “Mr. Trump, for five years you perpetuated a false claim that the nation’s first black President was not a natural born citizen. You questioned his legitimacy. In the last couple of weeks you acknowledged what most Americans have accepted for years, the president was born in the United States. Can you tell us what took you so long?”
To which the combatant from the Republican corner replied: “Well, nobody was pressing it. Nobody was caring much about it. I figured you’d ask the question tonight, of course. But nobody was caring much about it, but I was the one that got him to produce the birth certificate and I think I did a good job.”
Mr. Holt: “I’m sorry, I’m going to follow up — I will let you respond to that because there’s a lot there, but we’re talking about racial healing in this segment. What do you say to Americans –”
Mr. Trump: “Well, I was very — I say nothing. I say nothing because I was able to get him to produce it. He should have produced it a long time before, I say nothing.”
It is clear that Trump was not properly prepared for this question and Clinton, aided by Holt’s backup questions, took full advantage of the opening. This was the most controversial question, and the one that will be most remembered, even though it was the least important when you consider the possibility of WWIII, the US economy, the stock market bubble, the lack of adequate wages for the middle class, aging military equipment, Putin’s recent comments on the use of nuclear weapons and our $23 trillion deficit! Nor was the question of the massive increases in premiums for Obamacare raised. For the most amusing link, we could find regarding the debate, click here.
As you can see, the 3 most tweeted topic were the economy, foreign affairs and energy and the environment. Unfortunately, in reality, these were not given the seriousness and preference they deserved. Let’s hope that in Round 2 we will get down to business.
Above are the Google top fact check questions for Mr. Trump. We trust Google over any politician any day.
These were the fact check questions most googled for Ms. Clinton. As you can see, the viewers were more on the ball and more inquisitive than the debaters themselves.
So, who won Round 1? Sorry Republicans, but it appears that Round 1 went to Hilary Clinton and the Democrats. If there is a rainbow on this rainy day for the Republicans it is that the final winner of this boxing championship will only be determined after Round 3.
The next debate is set for October 9 at Washington University in St. Louis Missouri. CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, chief global affairs correspondent and co-anchor of ABC’s “This Week,” will moderate the debate, which will take on the form of a town hall.
Half of the questions will be posed by citizen participants and the other half will come from the moderators. The candidates will have two minutes to respond and then an additional minute from the moderator for more discussion. The town meeting participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
One thing to keep in mind, in both politics and boxing, “it ain’t over till it’s over” (Yogi Berra).