Clinton shines, Trump slides in final debate

Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate last Wednesday. Online Photo.

Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate last Wednesday. Online Photo.

According to the latest presidential poll released by ABC, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads by 12 points, only 15 days from Election Day. These new numbers come after the conclusion of presidential debates and Donald Trump’s “First 100 Days” speech on Sunday.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump held his composure during the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night, until the final moments of the evening when moderator Chris Wallace asked if he would accept the results of the debate.

“I will look at it at the time,” Trump said.

According to CNN, it was the biggest moment of the night – and perhaps of all three debates.

Throughout the debate, Trump repeatedly used the word “rigged” to describe the election process and how the FBI handled the investigation of Clinton.

Trump’s comments during the debate, however, drew criticism from other members of his party.

“Trump is doing the party and the country a great disservice,” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday.

Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Trump would accept the election results “because he will win.”

“He should have said he would accept the results of the election,” pro-Trump conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham tweeted Wednesday. “There is no option unless we’re in recount again.”

Along with his battle for support from fellow republicans, Trump has also struggled to receive support from women during campaigning. During the debate, Trump interrupted Clinton and said, “Such a nasty woman.”

Trump also interrupted Clinton by stating “Wrong” and “You can’t” whenever the former secretary of state would accuse Trump or describe her own action plan if she were elected president.

Clinton attacked Trump for his treatment of women in the light of multiple accusations of sexual harassment against the reality TV star.

“Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger,” Clinton said. “He goes after their dignity, their self-worth, and I don’t think there is a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.”

Trump responded, “Nobody has more respect for women than I do.”

When Trump said to Hillary, “You talk, but you don’t get anything done,” Clinton responded with her “strongest” quote of the evening.

“You know, back in the 1970s, I worked for the Children’s Defense Fund and I was taking on discrimination against African-American kids in schools. He [Donald Trump] was getting sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination in his apartment buildings,” Clinton said. “In the 1980s, I was working to reform the schools in Arkansas. He was borrowing $14 million from his father to start his businesses. In the 1990s, I went to Beijing and I said women’s rights are human rights. He insulted a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, called her an eating machine. And on the day I was in the Situation Room, monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting the ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’”

A CNN  poll found 52 percent of viewers found Clinton as the winner, while 39 percent found Trump the winner.

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