Donald Trump's personal attacks against Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate Sunday night were simply the childish antics of someone facing defeat.
The animosity was present before the debate even began with Trump hosting a press conference accompanied by three women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault — Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broaddrick.
He also brought a woman named Kathy Sheldon, who was raped at the age of 12 and claims Hillary Clinton was cruel toward her when she was a public defender back in 1975.
Bill Clinton's infidelity and alleged misconduct with women have been used repeatedly to discredit Hillary's labeling of Trump as a sexist and misogynist.
Trump hosting these women was a very deliberate and vindictive strategy to shame the Clinton family by making it seem like they treat women worse than he does.
As the debate was set to begin, the two presidential candidates did not even shake hands with each other, and things only got more tense from there.
Trump used the debate stage to hit Hillary with one low blow after another, while dodging most of the real policy questions.
Not only did Trump declare that his opponent has "tremendous hate in her heart," but he boldly threatened to put her in jail for the infamous personal email scandal should he be elected.
"If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation," Trump said. "There has never been so many lies, so much exception. There has never been anything like it. We will have a special prosecutor."
During Hillary's rebuttal she said, "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country," to which he retorted, "Because you would be in jail."
Trump was clearly very combative and confrontational in his interactions with his Democratic opponent, showing the very aggressive temperament Hillary spoke about.
The GOP presidential candidate continued launching personal attacks against Hillary. At one point, Trump asked Hillary why hadn't she changed tax policies that benefit the wealthy during her years as a senator, to which Clinton replied that she was restricted under former Republican president George W. Bush.
Trump shot back once again, "If you were an effective senator you could have done it." He evidently just wanted to jab her, considering his remark blatantly overestimates the power of an individual senator.
If that wasn't enough, Trump basically called Hillary a liar to her face. She used Abraham Lincoln as an example of a United States president who projected two different opinions while trying to get the 13th amendment passed in an effort to illustrate that having a public and private stance on an issue is not "two-faced."
Trump, however, decided to use her example against her by noting that Lincoln was revered for being honest. "Honest Abe never told a lie, that's the big difference between him and you," Trump proclaimed.
From start to finish, Trump went on a venomous personal attack against Hillary's character and integrity.
While presidential debates are known to get heated at times, it's not supposed to be a platform for dishing out a tongue-lashing to your opponent, but rather an opportunity to showcase your own strengths and try to convince American voters that your policies and strategies are better than the other candidate's.
Trump spent the whole debate trying to demonize and scandalize Clinton, presumably to deflect from the disgraceful controversy looming over his own campaign, following the leaked audio recordings of him saying vile things about women.
What Trump really did by acting so immature and bitter was prove to Americans that he lacks the discipline and temperament to run this country.
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