Now more than ever, we’re fed up with politics. This is probably why the most entertaining topics this month dealt with the presidential debate. I thought two things when I watched the first presidential debate in October: “this is hilarious” and “what is happening to our country?”
I watched the first presidential debate in the lounge of Harlan with a handful of people. Instead of watching two potential leaders of our country tell us what they would do to fix the pressing issues in our lives, we found ourselves laughing at a couple of untrustworthy clowns talking crap on each other.
It quickly became a contest of who sucks the most; a contest that even after the recent second presidential debate ended in a tie. The most entertaining aspect of this election campaign has been how many insults each candidate throws at the other. I’m pretty sure Clinton and Trump both prepare for the debate by digging up as much dirt as they can on the other and thinking of clever ways to present it.
As disappointing as it is that our presidential candidates are acting like this, the result of their childishness is extremely entertaining because they both have issues they are trying to hide and we get to watch them scramble around the truth.
When we were watching the first debate in the lounge, our reactions looked more like we were cheering on a fight in the parking lot of a high school. We cheered and yelled the iconic “oooh” when Trump told Clinton he would release his tax records when she released her emails. We thought it was hilarious every time Trump just blatantly said “Wrong,” denying basically everything Clinton said. And, when after the long list of Trump’s accusations Clinton began her rebuttal with a shimmy, we almost died of laughter.
The second presidential debate had fewer insults but was just as entertaining to watch. The funniest moment, in my opinion, was when Clinton told Trump it was a good thing he wasn’t in charge of the law of the country and he told her it was because she would be in jail. The second presidential debate also came with a lot of talking over each other and dodging questions, but the interesting part came at the very end when the two opponents were asked to say something good about the other. And, surprisingly enough, they did. That one compliment doesn’t nullify all the negative things they’ve said about each other throughout the race, but it did definitely put a spin on the aesthetic of the debate.
The second presidential debate also came with a lot of talking over each other and dodging questions, but the interesting part came at the very end, when the two opponents were asked to say something good about the other. And, surprisingly enough, they did. That one compliment doesn’t nullify all the negative things they’ve said about each other throughout the race, but it did definitely put a spin on the aesthetic of the debate.
The final presidential debate is Wednesday, October 19. Although the probability of any substance coming from it is slim, I suggest watching it—if not for politics, then purely for entertainment. What’s better than watching two grown adults flaming each other?