For those of us keeping up with the US elections, this is the beginning of the most memorable moments that will characterise the presidential race. The first presidential debate holds tonight, 9pm Eastern Time and will last uninterrupted for 90 minutes. The campaigns have given us a lot to think, talk, laugh and moan about but this debate is here to steer the narrative to an entirely different turn.
Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton will be going head to head with her Republican arch-enemy and opponent, Donald Trump and we expect a debate that will rule social and traditional media for weeks, if not becloud the upcoming vice-presidential debate on October 4. Forget the media now, tonight’s gaffes will determine the fate of each candidate as the catchphrases rolled out are most likely the ones voters will hold on to. There’s a lot to look forward to tonight and a large majority of the world will converge to watch what becomes of this presidential boxing match.
Here are some of the things you should expect:
Donald Trump’s previous blunders and lies will haunt him, but moderately: This is one candidate that has historically said the most rubbish things since presidential campaigns became a part of human existence. From praising Saddam Hussein to verbally abusing non-whites in the US to referring to President Obama as the founder of ISIS and Hillary Clinton, the co-founder, there’s too much to try to reaffirm in a 90-minute debate. The good part, at least for Trump, is that the debate’s moderator, journalist Lester Holt, is not allowed to fact-check any of the candidates, as a rule that guides the job. So, we imagine Clinton will not have the luxury of calling out Trump’s lies the whole time but will rather answer questions thrown at her pointedly.
Hillary Clinton will either pass out or spew another strange substance: Just two weeks ago, Clinton fell ill at 9/11 commemoration ceremony, doctors’ reports revealed that she has pneumonia and has had the symptoms for a while. Apparently, she kept this information from the public claiming she didn’t think of it as a serious problem. An overview of her health records show that she’s generally healthy but Republicans argue that she faces a bigger health challenge, thanks to her coughing bout at one of her campaigns. Then, there was that time she spat two strange green substances into her glass of water… gross as it was, she called it the results of her allergy to Trump. Tonight, she will be standing next to Trump for 1 hour and 30 minutes, so we wonder how she will cope with her allergies. Just don’t spit out any more weird stuff, deal with your allergies. From history, we know that in 1960, the debate between Republican Richard Nixon and Democrat, John F. Kennedy was an awkward event. Nixon showed up with a flu, an injured leg and sweated profusely throughout the debate. We all know who won that election.
Donald Trump will prove himself the king of trash-talk: Because the man still does not see the weight of a presidential race, or the decency that comes with the Office of the President of a country as powerful as America, Trump will come to that debate typical Trump. According to reports by NBC News, “Donald Trump seems to be taking an on-the-fly casual approach to what could be the most important 90 minutes of the presidential election.” Clinton, on the other hand, is “hunkering down with homework, research and rehearsals.” What we expect from Trump? Claptrap, balderdash, repetitions, foul language, egotistical comments, piles upon piles of trash, all typical of the Trump brand.
The morning after: Social media will be awash with memes, gifs, strong opinions and everything we have gotten used to. The tabloids will report, analyse and draw conclusions about this very important event. Most American voters will be making their voting decisions based on what they hear from the candidates tonight, so expectedly, voters will know which way for America by morning.