On Monday night, Hofstra University, New York was the stage to the beginning of one of the world’s most awaited elections. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the Presidential nominees for Democratic and Republican Parties of the United States of America, engaged in their first Presidential debate. With issues of gender, nuclear weapons and natural citizenship among those discussed, the debate also marked the first time the opponents came face to face.
What came to the forefront during the debate were the stark differences in not only the ideologies of the two candidates, but also the manner in which they debated and discussed the issues. While Trump was decidedly chauvinistic, and attacking in his disposition, and showed racist and chauvinistic views in every statement which he made, Clinton was composed, and poised, and gave fitting replies to all queries put forward. Many political analysts, and news channels across the world, have commended Clinton’s poise and handling of difficult points raised by Trump. In an instance when Trump told Clinton that she doesn’t have the “stamina” to be president, a highly misogynistic statement to say the least, Clinton replied by saying he “can talk to me about stamina” when he accomplishes as much as she has in her political career. “He tried to change from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs,” Clinton said.
In our opinion, voting for Trump, would be placing misogynistic, chauvinistic, and racist principles at the forefront, and taking America back by several centuries, to say the least. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton, who not only has the distinction of being the first female candidate to be nominated for president by a major U.S. political party but she has been involved with gender equality and women’s rights since her university days. She favours allowing citizenship for undocumented immigrants, expanding and protecting LGBT and women’s rights, and instituting family support through paid parental leave and universal preschool. Such a leader would not only benefit the United States of America, but also the entire world, considering the power which the American president wields.
We, at CSR, heartily support Clinton’s nomination and run up to presidency, and look forward to history being created on November 8th. It is the date America will vote, but the results will be awaited eagerly by the entire world.
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