I would dearly love to see Hillary Clinton rip Donald Trump to shreds in Monday night’s debate. Must we leave it all in the hands of Tim Kaine and Elizabeth Warren? Clinton will have a Super Bowl-esque platform to lay waste to the man, her own “likeability” issues be damned. So since it needs to be done, I’ve written it for her. Hillary, please memorize this and unleash it at the appropriate time.
The format for the debate is as follows. The debate will be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on major topics selected by the moderator, Lester Holt of NBC News. Holt has selected three topics that each will be addressed in two of the 15-minute segments: “America's Direction,” “Achieving Prosperity” and “Securing America.”
Holt will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a “deeper” discussion of the topic. It is here where Trump – being unable to go deeper into any subject – will be most tempted to lash into Clinton, with some sort of semi-controlled diatribe on the emails, the Foundation, her judgment, that she is unfit for office.
And then I hope Clinton uses the next 120 seconds to say precisely this (and I hope she adopts the tone of Jeff Daniels in his Will McAvoy “The Newsroom” role, when he answered the question “Why is American the greatest country in the world?”):
“I cannot stand here and idly let this man pass judgment on my character and my fitness for office.
This is a man who calls women ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’
This is the man who said that the journalist who reminded him that he had said all of these things had been influenced by her menstrual cycle.
This is a man who calls the Mexican immigrants who are desperate enough to leave their home to seek a new life in America… “rapists.”
This is a man who believes that a judge with Mexican lineage cannot serve in a case involving a man – this man -- who is bigoted against Mexicans…what Republican House Leader Paul Ryan calls “the textbook definition of racism.”
This is a man who operated a ‘university’ that has the sole purpose of extracting money from good Americans who believe his baseless claims that his courses will be their salvation.
This is a man has who has said that no members of an entire religion, the Islam faith, should be allowed to enter our country, our land of religious liberty.
This is a man who, in his real estate practices, denied housing to African-Americans simply because they were black.
This is a man who said he favors “stop and frisk” and racial profiling, practices that have been deemed unconstitutional and are not worthy of America.
And this is a man who believes that if you are captured in battle while putting your life on the line for our country and the cause of freedom, you are not a hero.
This is a man who raised money for his supposedly charitable foundation and then used that money to pay for portraits of himself, and to buy off public officials.
This is a man who lies the way people breathe…frequently, consistently and without thought.
I could go on and on. But let’s just say that I do not believe in this man’s vision of America. And I ask the American people to reject his vile, racist message of hate and exclusion.
I believe in a different America, the one we live in, the one in which, like Lady Liberty, we welcome the tired and the poor. We take all kinds, we love our neighbors, and we treat each other as we wish to be treated. That is the America I know, and while I too have my faults, demagoguery is not one of them, and hate is not in my arsenal. I ask you, America, to reject this man and reject what he stands for.”
If someone who knows Hillary will please pass this on, I would be grateful.
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