On Sunday, October 9th, 2016 United States Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated each other for the second time of this election cycle, live from St.Louis, Missouri. The event was co-moderated by Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz. The previous debate between Clinton and Trump broke all records for national and global viewership. Though that first contest did not reach the projected 100 Million viewers; it was able to supplant the 1980 debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter as the most watched of all time. At this time it is too soon to tell how many tuned in to watch the 2016 U.S.

Presidential Debate 2.

Uncivil and appalling to most

The levels of controversy and negativity prevailing through last night's debate reached a historic level. Never before have candidates focused so heavily on attacking each other's credibility ahead of affirming their own beliefs and plans for moving America forward. The build up to last night live event kicked off with a press conference hosted by Donald Trump in which he was joined by 4 sexual abuse accusers of Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton. In a complete abomination of anything decent Trump attempted to utilize these accusers to deflect interest away from the recent accusations against him pertaining to general misogyny, the elevation of rape culture and the accused sexual assault of a minor.

The live debate kicked off with the 2016 Presidential Candidates refusing to shake each other's hands. This historic prelude would set the tone for the rest of the contest which quickly took on more the character of a shouting match then any sort of intellectually focused discourse. Trump defended recent comments regarding rape culture by dismissing them as "locker room talk".

This latest scandal embroiling Trump revolves around a recently leaked recording which features the Republican candidate proudly proclaiming "grabbing women in the pussies" and lewdly forcing himself on them. Trump further attempted to distance himself from the scandal by making the suggestion that he had "merely" said some truly abominable things while Hillary Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton had actually been "abusive towards women" in the candidates words.

Trump took his attacks a step further by additionally threatening that if elected President he would seek to press charges against Hillary Clinton for her connection to the on-going scandal involving an unsecured private email server. Trump boasted:"I hate to say it but if I win I'm going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. You ought to be ashamed of yourself."

Debate 2: The politics of fear

Though Clinton was more hinged and less on the offensive then Trump, her somewhat empty responses such as:"that's a lie; check my website", did very little to advance any notions of her legitimacy as a candidate. Ultimately, viewers across social media and around the world were quick to decry the debate as an empty spectacle.

It may be possible that Clinton and Trump are the least accountable and trusted candidates of all time. As this contest advances it seems very challenging to imagine how these campaigns could be conducted in a more negative and fear based way. In this time of uncertainty, the 2016 United States Presidential Debate 2 from Saint Louis was anything but civil and there are no clear winners. Many around the world question if American democracy will end up being the biggest loser as a result. Only time will tell how these events will shape the world of tomorrow and the landscape of global peace in years to come.

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