Did You See the Presidential Debate?
I watched the debate last night, every single word—did you? Beyond what was said, I was tuned in to the format, the non-verbal of each presidential candidate, and the seeming unfairness of the moderator. I’m sure it’s not easy to remain silent when maligned, especially when all or part of the malignant words are false. Without breaking down the individual occurrences, I must say that Mr. Trump was interrupted by the moderator, where Secretary Clinton was not. Mr. Trump was confronted about apparent issues related to his candidacy, i.e. the “birther” controversy, the non-publicizing of his tax returns, his original view on the Iraq war, his dishonorable statements about certain women, payment of contractors on various projects over five decades, etc. Lester Holt’s biased moderation and Mrs. Clinton’s petulance made for a 90-minute injustice that was difficult to watch, let alone for Mr. Trump to stand and take without lashing out.
In that respect, I think Mr. Trump showed a ton of restraint and a ‘godliness,’ if you will, that surpasses many I have known who would consider themselves better but have behaved worse without contrition. Jesus really did set the bar high “while being reviled, he did not revile in return” (1 Peter 2:23). I sincerely pray that someday soon we will see genuine evidence/fruit that the rest of that verse is Mr. Trump’s capacity for patience when reviled, “but kept entrusting himself to Him who judges righteously.” Yes, as the debate progressed, Donald Trump began to appear rattled. Yes, he interrupted too frequently as the debate wore on—no doubt he said some unfair things, too. But in my opinion, the totality was really not that far from Mr. Trump’s frequent refrain of “The system is rigged.” This seemed especially evident when three of the four networks immediately proclaimed Mrs. Clinton the clear winner of this first Presidential Debate. Even the folks at Fox News invited Clinton campaign advisors on the air to give their pro-Hillary spin. Read More