All of us knew that by placing two American Presidential hopefuls like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the same room together could lead to a few sparks to fly. However, I do not believe we were prepared for what was to follow.
This 2nd United States Presidential debate will go down in history, as one of the most acrimonious, political, teeth clenching battles, Americans, or for that matter, the world has ever witnessed.
The set up:
The audience including Bill Clintons accusers, filed into the auditorium and sat, they appeared to me like spectators at a Roman coliseum waiting for the two gladiators to enter.
The moderators or would-be referees, Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz took their places and faced the empty lecterns at mid-stage, expectedly awaiting the two combatants, they would not await long.
Suddenly, without warning, the arena lights dimmed and the stage lights bathed the lecterns in an ominous blood red glow. The political confrontation of the century was about to commence.
Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump strode onto the stage, waving to the spectators while smiling through their obvious apprehension. Reaching their separate corners (my mind wandered at the point back
to an old Rocky movie) they surveyed their surroundings.
My mind quickly returned to the present when the lewd tape of Donald Trump, bragging about grabbing and forcibly kissing women, was brought up. Mr Trump seemed to just brush this off by apologising and calling it "locker room talk".
Trump then made the first punch of the fight by countering (while staring at Bill Clinton’s accusers), saying that “Bill Clinton was abusive to women, quickly following that up by attacking Mrs Clinton, over her use of a private email server while she was US secretary of state, saying that if he was president she would be in jail.
Feigning sympathy he then went onto say "I hate to say it but if I win I'm going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,` going onto say in a much sterner voice; "There has never been so many lies, so much deception. The people in this country are furious. "You ought to be ashamed of yourself."
Countering with a left hook, Mrs Clinton retorted: "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in this country." Not to be outdone seemingly attempting a Mohammad Ali double shuffle, he threw back, to loud cheers from the audience: "Because you'd be in jail."
Then In what was one of the most awkward moments for Donald Trump he, for some reason went on to criticise Mike Pence, his vice presidential running mate, for declaring last week in his debate against Tim Kaine that the United States should be prepared to use military force if needed in Syria.
The final round:
The two gladiators awaited the bell for the last round, both smiling through clenched teeth, they faced each other, the bell sounded, immediately both gaped at each other in amazed silence, after hearing someone ask the following question:
Was there anything at all they respected about each other?
Mrs Clinton replied: "I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and I think that says a lot about Donald."
Mr Trump replied: "I will say this about Hillary - she doesn't quit, she doesn't give up. I tell it like it is. She's a fighter."
The bell sounded for what had become the as one of the most acrimonious, political, teeth clenching battles, Americans, or for that matter, the world has ever witnessed.
The two gladiators then, having avoided a handshake at the start of the debate, walked towards each other Mrs Clinton pausing for a second, then for the whole world to see awkwardly, shook hands.
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