Never before have I desired for the presidential election cycle to just end already. This current cycle presents the absolute worst that the United State process has to offer. One candidate lacks any knowledge about the job he claims he wants and the other cannot conceal her sense of entitlement to the office of the presidency.
The spectacle reached its lowest point this past weekend with the rather convenient release of a tape of Donald Trump making vulgar jokes. The right wing responded by treating those comments as the final straw, as if Trump suggesting he would kill the families of suspected terrorists was not bad enough to refuse to support him. The left wing jumped at the chance to accuse Trump of committing sexual assault without any evidence.
This was also how the debate on Sunday night began. This is a debate meant to help the so-called “undecided” voters pick between Trump and Hilary Clinton, and it opened with a discussion about a vulgar joke and sexual assault allegations against Bill Clinton.
I will grant Trump some credit in that he was willing to hit Hilary back in a way that prevented her from responding. Instead of merely attacking Bill, Trump also attacked Hilary over her treatment of the women who accused her husband of sexual misconduct. There is nothing Hilary could say in response that would not come across as tarnishing those women’s stories. This was effective only because Hilary Clinton previously stated that sexual assault victims have the right to be listened to and believed.
Yet none of that redeems any of the spectacle witnessed last night. I think South Park just summed up what happened last night:
The scary part is that one of these people will be the next president of the United States.