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5 Non-political Things to Take Away from the Final Debate

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UWF chapter.

1. Nose Problems

Both candidates had them. It seemed like Clinton’s nose was running. She was hoping no one noticed, but we caught it. It could have been sweat, but after a couple under nose swipes and sniffs, we’re pretty sure that’s called snot. I did not see any mucus problems for Donald. However, he did have a pretty good coke like nose swipe. Just a habit or possibly something more sinister?

2. Rude Comments

Donald Trump used the word “hombre” when describing his plan on immigration. Many Latinos have already made comments that this deeply upset them.

Trump also called Hillary “such a nasty woman” after just trying to prove that he “respects women more than anyone.”

Hillary was not completely innocent either on this field. When talking about Vladimir Putin, Secretary Clinton said Putin “would rather have a puppet as President of the United States,” referring to Trump. Donald interrupted, in common Trump form by saying “You’re the puppet!”

3. Interruptions

Come on guys. Can we just be nice? It’s really not that hard to wait your turn. If you are both yelling, no one can hear anything. I don’t particularly like how one of you sounds coming out of my TV. So both of you at the same time basically makes me want to throw my laptop through my TV screen. Usually Trump has been the guilty candidate with his frequent “wrongs.” This debate, however, they both seemed to interrupt each other pretty equally.

4. Commentator Issues

First of all, props to you Chris Wallace for signing up to moderate the final debate. It’s not an easy job to try and keep the debate rolling. He tried hard, but the candidates were consistently talking over their allotted time and over each other (as we discussed earlier with interruptions).

Also, a couple times you could even hear the crowd, and Chris Wallace had to calm them down and ask them to remain quiet. He also did a great job on making the candidates explain themselves, instead of just making grandiose claims and moving on.

5. Weird Facial Expressions

Secretary Clinton please, seriously please, stop smiling blankly at the camera. It creeps us out. We know you strongly disagree with whatever Trump is spewing, but stick to shaking your head or writing notes or something. Trump, we honestly don’t even know where to start. You’re either sneering like Mr. Burns from the Simpsons or just being dramatic. Outlandish facial expressions are great for TV (think of I don’t know, The Apprentice maybe?) but, in my opinion, politicians should have better control of their emotions.

No matter how you think the debate went, or whether you’re a Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc., remember to get out and vote.

Exercise your rights and let your political opinions be heard!


Abigail is a Journalism and Political Science major minoring in Spanish. She has a penchant for puns and can't go a morning without listening to NPR's Up First podcast. You can usually find her dedicating time to class work, Her Campus, College to Congress, SGA or hammocking. Her dream job is working as a television broadcast journalist on a major news network. Down time includes TED talk binges, reading and writing. You can follow Abigail on instagram and Twitter @abi_meggs