Saturday, February 6, 2016

MSNBC Fifth Democratic Debate Recap - The Hillary Debate

So last time, I declared the fourth democratic debate the Bernie debate. This one, I'm declaring the Hillary debate, though not in a good way. If you missed the debate, you can watch it here.

Hillary came into this debate full throttle. She was ready with a punch at every turn, often taking the words out of Bernie's mouth before he could speak them. For undecided voters watching the debate who hadn't read up on either candidate's record, I was certain they'd be leaning toward Hillary.

The biggest moment of the debate was when Hillary "called out" Bernie on his attacks of her being establishment, resulting in boos from the audience and the Bernie's best statement of the night.

But what makes this debate the Hillary debate, for me at least, is not what happened so much during the debate, but what came after.

During the debate, the question was brought up over whether Hillary was a progressive. While Hillary stuck to her story that she was, the internet called bullshit. Young Turks proclaimed that she really has no idea what a progressive is, and Twitter exploded with the hashtag #HillarySoProgressive where Tweeters pointed out her not-so-progressive record.

Hillary also defended herself from the accusation that taking funds from Wall Street could influence her, claiming that wasn't the case. But a video from 2004 with Elizabeth Warren explaining how Wall Street funds changed Hillary's mind on an important piece of legislation circled around Tumblr. Another, perhaps more damning video circled of Hillary blaming homeowners for the financial crisis during a speech at NASDAQ headquarters.

When Hillary called on viewers (during the debate and the town hall meeting the day before) to find anything Wall Street had influenced her on, a Daily Kos author took up the charge. Even CNN, which has been Clinton biased throughout the democratic race, published an article on Hillary's speaking fees

A YouTube video of Hillary "lying for thirteen minutes straight" also circled Facebook where quotes from Hillary during the CNN debate are placed against contradictory statements made by Hillary in the past. 

Why does any of this matter? Surely Clinton has faced attacks after every debate? True, but I've never seen them circle with such ferocity before. I can honestly say that for the first time I understand why the first word that comes to mind when people think of Hillary reportedly is "lair." When Hillary promotes her "solid" record, either she has completely forgotten what her record entails, or she's flat out lying through her teeth and hoping voters don't do the research.

Hillary was hit hard after this debate. What's worse (for her) is outside the debate, a crowd of college students wearing American flag capes held signs supporting Bernie Sanders.

The bern is being felt in more ways than one.

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