Many of the top names in political science believe we are witnessing an election that will go down in history as one of the most pivotal presidential races in the evolution of our country, as two candidates who break plenty of molds go head to head. This pair of polarizing public figures’ viewpoints on issues couldn’t be more oppositional; creating nothing short of a truly divisive decision for the American people. All talk of “building a wall” and “social justice for all” aside, Clinton and Trump have both made a few jaw-dropping remarks that call into question their moral character. In the middle of a rough political summer, Clinton saw it fit to make a joke about the simmering scandal around her use of private email while serving as Secretary of State.
“You may have seen I recently launched a Snapchat account, and I love it; those messages disappear all by themselves.” Then there’s Trump, who’s really left no stone unturned in his commentaries, including POWs. He derided John McCain saying, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he got captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” Now I certainly wouldn’t want to be judged for the worst thing I ever said, but then again, I’m not running for President. So, tell us:
Do these quotes reveal a degradation of American morality, the values our country was built upon, or were they just said in jest? For shock value? What do these statements (and others like them) reveal about a candidate’s character?
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