ST. LOUIS — The second Presidential Debate is set to take place at Washington University tonight, about 10 miles from where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer in 2014 giving rise to Black Lives Matter and a rising tension between police and the communities they serve.
Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton will square off in what is seen as a pivotal point in the race, in a city that still mourning the shooting death of a St. Louis County police officer Friday morning.
But instead of those issues taking center stage, what is on most people’s mind is a 2005 videotape of Trump released Friday in which he can be heard making several disparaging comments towards women.
In the past 48 hours, many powerful leaders of the GOP have renounced Trump and some have called for him to step down as the party’s candidate.
However, many of the protesters in the “Free Expression Zone” set up on Washington University’s intramural field across the street from the debate were Trump supporters.
A woman named Linda said the video doesn’t sway her support at all.
“Of course, it’s a little disappointing but Trumpsters are Trumpsters through and through and we’re looking at the bigger picture,” she said. “That was something he said 11 years ago when he was a Democrat and he probably picked up some bad habits from the Democrats.
“But we’re about the issues — immigration, ISIS, the economy, law and order, supporting our men in blue. I feel that he has all the right solutions and that he will turn the country around.”
Linda’s friend, Patricia, said it was important to come out and show a biased media that Trump’s support is strong.
“The media is corrupt and every time you listen to the media all they’re doing is bad mouthing him and making his downfall as the big picture and totally ignoring Hillary Clinton’s things that are in writing from WikiLeaks,” Patricia said. “So the media doesn’t give us a fair shake.”
Though Trump’s supporters were high in number in the zone, a variety of other groups were making their presence felt in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. – Joe Harris
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stands next to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
(CN) – Asked if they could name a single trait they could say they admired about each other, Hillary Clinton complimented Donald Trump’s chidlren, and said they spoke well of him. Trump said “Hillary is a fighter. She doesn’t quit, and I find that a very admirable trait.”
(CN) – Hillary Clinton: “I want to see American be the 21st Century clean energy super power.”
(CN) – Hillary Clinton says she wants a Supreme Court that will stick with “Roe v. Wade and a women’s right to choose” and will stick with marriage equality. She said she wants a Supreme Court that doesn’t always side with corporate Amerca.
“I want a Supreme Court that would reverse Citizens United and get rid of the dark, unaccountable money in politics,” she said.
Trump said he wants to appoint justices like the late Antonin Scalia, “justices who respect the Constitution and will protect the 2nd Amendment, which is under seige.”
(AP) – Donald Trump says he disagrees with his running mate Mike Pence on the proper strategy to deal with the civil war and humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Debate moderator Martha Raddatz pointed out that Pence had said provocations by Russia in Syria need to be met with “American strength” and the U.S. should be prepared to use air strikes in Syria against the regime of President Bashar Assad.
But Trump says he disagrees with Pence, a former member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and notes they had not spoken about the issue.
Trump says the U.S. focus should be on eliminating the Islamic State, and not getting entangled with fights with Assad and Russia.
“We have to worry about ISIS before we can get too much more involved,” Trump says.
(AP) – Hillary Clinton is pledging not to use American ground forces in Syria, saying it would be a “very serious mistake.”
Clinton says she doesn’t think American troops should be holding territory as an occupying force, saying it’s not a “smart strategy.”
Asked how she would fight the Islamic State in a different way than President Barack Obama, Clinton says she’s hopeful that IS will be pushed out of Iraq by the time she’s president.
But she says she would specifically target IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and consider arming Kurdish fighters in Iraq.
(CN) – Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton “has tremendous hatred in her heart.”
(CN) – About two-thirds of the way through the debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed on taxes.
Trump, who said he knows more about the federal income tax system than nearly anyone, said if elected, he will get rid of the carried interest loophole that allows Wall Street traders to pay a lower tax rate on their earnings.
Trump said he would eliminate the loophole that lets money managers count their earnings as capital gains, which carry a lower tax rate, instead of ordinary income.
However, Trump’s carried interest provision doesn’t actually raise taxes on hedge fund managers and it creates a new loophole that could provide them with an even lower rate.
The billionaire real estate developer accused Clinton of planning to raise taxes on middle class families.
Hillary Clinton responded by promising that no one making less than $250,000 will pay higher taxes under her plan, but those with higher incomes could pay considerably more.
Clinton said she wants to impose a special tax on people making over $1 million and a surcharge on those with incomes above $5 million.
“We have to make up for lost times,” Clinton says, telling the audience she wants to raise taxes on the rich “because I want to invest in you.”
(CN) – The subject turned to an email released by a WikiLeaks last week in which Clinton said it’s acceptable for a president to have two positions, one for private consumption and one for the public.
Martha Radditz asked Clinton whether she was being two-faced.
Clinton responded by saying if she remembers correctly, the quote was inspired by Doris Kerns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals,” which focused on Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet.
Clinton said Lincoln did whatever he could to get the 13th Amendment passed, allowing emancipation of the slaves, by lawmakers who did not support African-American equality.
“I was making the point it is hard sometimes to get the Congress to do what you want them to do. That was a great display of presidential leadership,” she said.
Trump rolled his eyes.
“Now she’s blaming the late, great Abraham Lincoln,” he said. “There’s a big, big difference between you and Abraham Lincoln, believe me.”
(CN) – Donald Trump is feeling “the Bern” during the second presidential candidate debate. By 10 p.m., he mentioedn Hillary Clinton’s primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sanders’ contention that Clinton has “bad judgment.” Trump has brought it up in reference to questions on a wide variety of issues ranging from foreign policy to taxation to Obamacare.
(CN) – Donald Trump has been repeatedly interrupting Hillary Clinton and talking over the debate moderators.
He also accuses the two moderators of siding with Clinton and refusing to let him answer questions.
“Three against one, that’s very nice,” he said at one point.
At another, “Why aren’t you asking her about her emails?”
Finally, Clinton retorted, “I know that you’re into big diversions tonight.”
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton walks past Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
(CN) – The subject turned to Trump’s derogatory and often infamatory comments about Muslims and their purported ties to terrorism.
“In San Bernardino, many people saw the bombs all over the apartment,” Trump said.
In reality, there is no evidence this was the case. There are anecdotal, fourth- and fifth-hand claims this was the case, but none have ever been confirmed.
(CN) – Donald Trump said iif he was in charge of laws in the U.S., Hillary Clinton would “be in jail” for her handling of classified emails and the “30,000 emails” that have gone missing.
(CN) – Moderator Anderson Cooper asked Donald Trump about the lewd comments he made about women prior to a interview with “Access Hollywood” in 2005.
In the footage captured by “Access Hollywood” Trump described groping women without their permission, and said he would automatically kiss women he considered beautiful.
“I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,” Trump said. “Grab them by the p—-. You can do anything,” he said.
In the audio, first reported by The Washington Post, Trump also described his sexual advances toward a married woman. “I moved on her like a b—-. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump said.
Trump tried to pivot to his views on dealing with the Islamic State Group.
Pressed, Trump reiterated that what he said was “locker room banter” and that he “hates” what he said, and apologizes for it. Asked if he ever acted on some of the things he said on the tape, kissing women without their consent and grabbing their genitals, the GOP presidential candidate said he had note.
Asked to respond, Hillary Clinton spoke at length about derogatory comments Trump has made about women, Muslims, Mexicans, and others.
“It represents exactly who he is,” she said of the recording in which Trump made predatory comments about women.
“This is not what Americans want to be,” she said.
Trump responded by again pivoting to other issues. “It’s words, just words,” he said, then going on to discuss a litany of Clinton’s failures.
Co-moderator Martha Raddatz again pressed Trump on his comments, and the Republican presidential candidate went on the attack, bringing up accusations of sexual propriety made against President Bill Clinton.
“That was locker room talk. I am not proud of it. That was something that happened. If you look at Bill Clinton, what he has donw is far worse. There has never been anybody in the history of politics that’s been so abusive to women,” he said.
Trump brought up Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky scandal, and several other alleged cases of sexual impropriety by the former president.
Clinton responded by saying she believes in the advise offered by First Lady Michelle Obama: “When they go low, you go high.”
Later, Trump said Bill Clinton paid a $850,000 “fine” in response to one of his accusers.
In fact, the payment he was referring to was a settlement in a civil lawsuit with Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee. Calling it a fine implies that Clinton was found of wrongdoing, but the settlement included no admission of wrongdoing by Clinton.
A federal judge threw out the lawsuit, and the settlement occurred while the lawsuit was under appeal.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(CN) – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not shake hands at start of second presidential debate.
An hour before the debate, Donald Trump appeared live on his Facebook page with women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of rape and unwanted advances.
Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey all recounted accusations of sexual improprieties against Bill Clinton.
They did not take questions but repeated some of the claims they made against Clinton going back to the 1990s.
The Clinton’s campaign responded by calling it a “stunt.”
(CN) – More scenes from outside the second presidential candidate debate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
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