by Giancarlo Strocchia
A meeting/clash along the lines of mutual accusations and scandals is being played between the two candidates for the U.S. presidency. Trump does not yield to demands to withdraw from the electoral race and brings up the case of Clinton’s “private emails”, calling his rival’s supporters “disgraceful”. On the subject of energy, Trump raises the idea of eliminating the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) while Clinton accelerates the transition towards renewables
A missed handshake at the opening immediately set a far from “conciliatory” tone in the second face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, in St. Louis, Missouri, which virtually ended in a draw at the photo finish, although, according to CNN, the former U.S. Secretary of State surpassed her rival by more than a length. It seemed a downhill descent for Clinton to hit out and lay into Trump, a week after the Republican candidate had been overwhelmed by bipartisan criticism for off-air statements made in which he expressed all his misogynistic and vulgar positions against women. But the attack did not seem effective and capable enough of neutralizing the subsequent ambitions of the New York tycoon. Trump downplayed this, talking about “men talks” and statements of which he is not proud, hitting back at Clinton about her husband Bill being accused for sexual abuse by at least four women, at a press conference preceding the debate. Trump subsequently cornered Clinton on the issue of her “disappearing” and “deleted” emails when she was Secretary of State. “If I am elected” said Trump “I will launch an investigation into this case”. An issue on which the Democratic candidate is likely to lose more ground, also since the New York Times defined Clinton’s statements on the inconsistency of any evidence on the possibility of her private account being hacked as “misleading”. Clinton has in any case tried not to focus on Trump’s provocations by directing the debate towards less “personal” issues, addressing the Republican on his political plans.
Energy: no EPA for Trump, more “green” for Clinton
In terms of energy, Trump has lashed out against the environmentalist spirit of the Clinton-Obama duo, which would give an almost fatal shove to the national energy industry, raising the idea of eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency to support the hydrocarbons sector. For Hillary, on the other hand, the country can be proud of the fact that it is getting increasingly closer to energy self-sufficiency, focusing on the transition towards renewable energy, to make America “the green superpower of the twenty-first century”. In terms of health, pressed by a question from the audience, Trump confirmed, without hesitation, that the reform launched by Obama will be “eliminated and replaced with a less expensive and more functional plan”, while Clinton said she is “definitely inclined to lower the costs of the reform without abandoning the idea of extending assistance to broader sections of the population”. Racism and taxes were therefore the successive topics of debate between the two candidates. Against accusations of Islamophobia, Trump responded by asking the Muslim community to “denounce possible terrorists nestled within it”. Clinton declared her rival’s position as “discriminatory”, saying that this is not the right attitude if the desire is to move towards a process of integration of Muslims in America and if the aim is to support an alliance in the Middle East to combat the jihadist phenomenon.
Taxes make Donald tremble and Clinton lashes against the richest
Trump succumbs once more in terms of taxes, having to admit that — as revealed by the New York Times — he has not paid taxes for years, exploiting a loss of over $900 million, overturning the responsibility of his conduct towards the American system that allows these subterfuges. Trump reaffirmed his willingness, in the event of his appointment to the White House, to lower the tax burden on businesses, while Clinton reiterated her intention to tighten the tax regime for the wealthier classes, proposing a minimum tax of 30% for those who earn more than $1 million gross per year (Buffett Rule) and another surtax on income over $5 million. A bitter, intense confrontation, therefore that still seems to drive Clinton towards consolidating her position of supremacy over the Republican candidate. The date has now been set for the final, and probably decisive, TV debate on October 19, at the University of Nevada, in Las Vegas.