During the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump for his temperament, harboring a variety of odd conspiracy theories, and showing unwavering support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Clinton portrayed the populist Republican candidate as unstable and out of touch for authentic American leadership.
Recent poll results have shown that Trump’s support has declined after a 2005 video was leaked nearly 2 weeks ago containing audio of Trump boasting about sexually groping women and seducing a married woman.
Last week, 9 women came forward with moving accounts about how Trump sexually assaulted him years ago.
The touchy topic surfaced during the 3rd debate last night when Trump continued to deny the allegations from his accusers and described them as “largely debunked” without offering any proof.
Trump offered a conspiracy theory about the Clinton campaign being behind the 9 sexual assault disclosures which surfaced last week.
“Well, first of all, those stories have been largely debunked. Those people… I don’t know those people. I have a feeling how they came. I believe it was her campaign that did it” Trump said.
Trump later called the stories from his accusers “totally false” and noted that he didn’t even apologize to his wife because he “didn’t do anything.”
“I didn’t know any of these …. I didn’t see these women” Trump said.
“These women – the woman on the plane, the – I think they want either fame or her campaign did it. And I think it’s her campaign” Trump added.
Trump believes that fame was their motive and noted his accusers got their “10 minutes of fame.”
He described their sexual assault accounts as “all fiction and lies.”
“Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody” Trump insisted amid laughter in the crowd.
Clinton responded by criticizing Trump’s character and temperament, calling the Republican billionaire known for making controversial statements, someone who “immediately goes to denying responsibility” and pointed out that Trump “never apologizes or says he’s sorry for anything.”
Clinton used a list of examples to make her point more compelling and explained Trump he also went after a disabled reporter, mocked, and mimicked him on national television.
She also cited other people Trump has insulted in the past, including Mr. and Mrs. Khan, a Gold Star family, Senator John McCain, and the federal judge from Indiana who Donald said couldn’t be trusted to try the fraud and racketeering case against Trump University because his parents were Mexican.
Clinton said that Donald thinks belittling women “makes him bigger” and explained we now know what Donald thinks, and what he says, and how he acts toward women.
Clinton spoke about how she hopes to work on a comprehensive immigration reform package if she becomes elected and said she was against the final agreement for TPP which Trump criticized and mentioned that she previously called it the gold standard.
Clinton mentioned that the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas was made of steel from China and Trump hired illegal immigrants to help build some his buildings.
Trump was questioned by Moderator Chris Wallace about his recent warnings that the election is “rigged” and whether he would accept the outcome of the election.
Trump refused to say he would accept the outcome of the election and said, “I will look at it at the time” and repeated his usual rants about the media being “so dishonest and so corrupt.”
Trump was asked if he would overturn Roe Vs Wade which includes a women’s right to an abortion.
Trump responded by affirming his pro-life stance but said he thinks it will go back to the individual states if its overturned.
“Well, if that would happen, because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states” Trump said.
Clinton pivoted 180 degrees from immigration to the topic of Russian hacking to influence the election and managed to get Moderator Chris Wallace to question Trump about her own question about whether Donald Trump will admit and condemn what the Russians are doing and rejects Russian espionage against Americans.
Trump was silent and didn’t respond to the question which became a missed opportunity to clarify his position and make it clear to Americans that he rejects Russian espionage inside U.S. borders.
Trump instead returned to the topic of immigration about strengthening the border.
Trump later said he doesn’t know Putin.
“He said nice things about me. If we got along well, that would be good” Trump said.
Trump explained that Putin doesn’t respect Clinton or Obama.
“He has no respect for her. He has no respect for our president” Trump admitted.
Clinton responded, “Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
Both Clinton and Trump argued about who was the puppet being controlled by Putin.
Clinton said that Trump encouraged espionage against Americans, and noted he’s willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and continues to get help from him.
Trump said that Putin outsmarted Clinton in Syria and “every step of the way.”
Trump denied that he has met with Putin but said if the United States got along with Russia it wouldn’t be so bad.
Trump explained he wants to secure the border and admitted we have “some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out.”
According to a CNN/ORC post debate poll of debate watchers, Clinton won the 3rd and final debate 52 percent to 39 percent.
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