Candidates need to focus

Election has turned into a mudslinging battle

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands before their debate at Hosftra University in New York.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shake hands before their debate at Hosftra University in New York.

Binqi Chen, Editorials Editor

“She’s crooked.” “He’s racist.”

“She’s a bigot.” “He’s a misogynist.”

“She’s rotten.” “He’s a bully.”

“She’s the devil.”  “He’s homophobic.”

For the last 18 months, Americans have been hearing this constant name calling from both nominees.

This has become a regular occurrence in what has become America’s longest Presidential election.

News sites have been flooded with the latest slander from both sides.  In the last month of the election cycle, both candidates should fixate their attention on spreading their political views.

During the first debate, both candidates bashed one another on issues that strayed far away from the standings of their parties. There were periods of the debate that left both moderator Lester Holt and the entire American population confused and unable to apprehend what was happening on the debate stage.

Although it is inevitable that criticism will exist during elections, it is unnecessary for either candidate to make comments about areas unrelated to politics.

Even though Secretary Clinton was much more well prepared and organized for the debate and the entire campaign in general, many of her campaign’s  advertisements are direct quotes or recordings of what Donald Trump has said in the past.

Although this is an effective way to point out the flaws of Trump, the constant repetition of what Trump has said does not show voters how Clinton will enforce change and what her stance on the issues at hand are.

Even after pointing out Trump’s very problematic messages in his campaign, Clinton’s support within minority groups has not risen immensely and Americans continue to be confused as to where Clinton draws the line on different concerns.

Clinton has also made comments on Trump’s past marriages, which has nothing to do with either of their campaigns.

But Trump is no better. Throughout the entire campaign, he has not only attacked Clinton, but much of the population as a whole.

Trump has continued to make sexist and belittling comments towards women. He has poked jabs at women and other prominent figures time after time.

Trump constantly brings up former President Bill Clinton’s scandal with Monica Lewinsky as if that has anything to do with Clinton’s policies.

During the debate, Trump repeatedly bragged about his temperament and how great it was compared to Clinton’s. However immediately following the debate, Trump went on a Twitter rant at 3:20 A.M. and made downgrading comments about the previous Miss Universe, Alicia Machado.

How does calling a woman fat and disgusting on social media show the country your political ideologies and how you are ready to take on the role of the Chief Executive?

The media went into frenzy a few weeks ago after footage showing Clinton wobbling and fainting while exiting a September 11 commemoration ceremony had surfaced the web.

He of course, accused Clinton of hiding a terrible disease from the public.

While it is certainly essential for the leader of the free world to be in exemplary health, it absolutely does not mean that a sick president is not able to perform well or that a healthy president equals a good president.

President John F. Kennedy suffered from Addison’s disease and excruciating back pain, yet he still achieved greatness during his time in the Oval Office.

JFK not only led America through a time of heightened racial and poverty problems within borders, but during the time of international tension.

In conclusion, it is important that we hold everybody, political figures included, accountable for their actions. Clinton should and has been held accountable for Benghazi and her private emails.

Trump’s current racist and bigotry ideals as well as his suspicious tax returns should be in discussion.

However, both candidates need to leave subjects uncorrelated with politics out of this election.

Both Trump and Clinton need to make use of the last month of the Presidential race to strengthen their own campaigns and make it crystal clear on where they stand on every issue.