After erecting a mountain of controversy, Republican presidential candidate #Donald Trump will be taking on his Democratic opponent #Hillary Clinton in the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday (Oct 19). Given the tycoon’s unimpressive performance in the first debate, a tape scandal that overshadowed the second and his continuous attack on the very election procedure – one might well ask whether the third debate in Las Vegas is of any significance. Trump, who is clearly rattled now, has perhaps understood that as well and hence he is parroting that the election of 2016 is a “rigged” one and attacking the media for 'backing' his opponent.

Trump’s campaign has also said alleged that by focusing on the “alleged sexual misconduct by the candidate”, the media has helped Clinton’s cause.

There can’t be more foolish act than blaming the media for Trump’s difficulty towards the end of this election season. It is the media’s prime duty to focus on issues and those that came up involving Trump of late were too suitable to make eye-catching headlines. If Trump’s quarter expects restraint from the media when he himself had not cared for it when he should have, then they are just daydreaming.

But again, this strategy of counter-charging is something that politicians or those aspiring to be one adopts as a desperate move to win some public sympathy. They try to make use of the same media they ‘abhor’ as a last-ditch effort after understanding that their chances have really taken a hit. Trump and his campaign team are doing the same. The advantage of this ploy is: Even if you lose, you can still put all the blame on the “rigged” and the “crooked”.

Final debate will have some of Trump's favorite topics

The final debate could still be of some relevance for Trump for his issues like economy, immigration and foreign policy would give him an offer to reignite the nationalist sentiments that he has been using to his advantage this season. The debate on the Supreme Court – another key issue in the US which has remained buried under the noise around Trump – could also see the divided Republicans uniting again. Hillary Clinton’s health problems could also give Trump another potential weapon in the segment on the candidates’ fitness. Overall, these issues give the Republican candidate a perfect opportunity to take the entire episode back to the ‘us-vs-them’ equation in these dying moments of the November 8 election.  

But the way Trump has shown his ordinary face as a presidential candidate in the last few weeks, it is perhaps too much of an ask for him to get things right in the last debate. Rather, Trump might engage in more directionless talks in this phase to turn the uncommitted voters, who would otherwise have voted for his opponent, off.

The more Trump makes it a negative affair, the better for Hillary

Here is where the Democrat candidate has a role to play. The more Trump tries to inject negativity into this election in the final phase, the more it becomes crucial for Clinton to take the game to the opposite extreme and inspire the voters – even those in the Republican camp who are perhaps wondering what to do on D-Day – about a positive tomorrow.

It’s not that Clinton doesn’t have her own share of problems but those now look distant for the common people who perceive Trump as a bigger personal threat and thus, if the former secretary of state can get over the final stages after settling the issues she has been facing, in front of the audience, the outcome will look far easier for her. At least, compared to her bizarre opponent. #2016 Presidential Debates