Last night, Lester Holt moderated the first Presidential debate between billionaire businessman Donald J. Trump, the Republican candidate, and former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Democrat.
The debate served to illustrate yet more strongly the need to pray for both the candidates and the media personnel involved in covering the debates and the election in general. Mr. Holt interrupted Mr. Trump much more often than he did Ms. Clinton. He made outright statements that Trump had lied, such as regarding whether he had originally opposed the US invasion of Iraq under President Bush in 2003. Trump asserted that evidence was available on the media record that he had not supported it. Correspondent Neil Cavuto confirmed afterward and replayed for viewers a telephone interview with Trump before the war started which Cavuto acknowledged could not be called supportive. Towards the end of the debate, Ms. Clinton reminded the audience of comments Trump had made years before - which were dealt with over a year ago - saying he called "women" certain derogatory terms. Trump clarified again that these were never directed at anyone but the actress Rosie O'Donnell, who had been conducting a Twitter feud with him at the time and had used offensive terms first.
With Secretary Clinton, Mr. Holt never even hinted that she might have lied about anything, even though multiple sources have questioned her honesty and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, in his own debate earlier that week while campaigning for Congress, was openly laughed at for calling her "honest." He only asked her about the well-publicized 30,000 e-mails because Trump offered to release his tax returns if she released them. Again, Holt implied Trump was lying about the IRS not allowing him to release his tax returns while under audit, (when the IRS had stated there was no prohibition). Trump pointed out again it was his lawyers that were recommending against it. Lawyers do not give this advice for free, especially not those retained by a billionaire, and it is reasonable to follow the advice for which he has paid so much.
It can be objectively stated that the debate was not conducted objectively. The only conclusion I am making in this blog is that it emphasizes the need to pray for the Presidential candidates, for the media personnel, and for the American voters not to fall prey to deception. Whoever you may personally feel is attempting deception, each side says that someone is, so it is perfectly objective to ask for prayer against it. Both sides assert that Satan, the acknowledged father of lies, has his finger in the pie, (they just disagree as to where and how), so pray for God to slap his hand and defeat his purpose.
At the end of the debate, Lester Holt asked both candidates if they would accept the result of the election if they lose. That was interesting, because it revived a technique that was used in the Republican primaries mainly to bind Trump into a promise not to run as an independent as many Republicans were fearing he might do. He agreed to the pledge and did not, in the end, need to consider running on his own. The idea of asking all the candidates to sign a pledge to support whoever became the nominee ended up working in his favor, as even Senator Cruz of Texas eventually felt obligated to honor it, (which he described as "agonizing" afterward). This reprise of the technique to obligate Mr. Trump to accept defeat may yet end up working in his favor as well.
A Christian man living in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Came under conviction in 1978 or 1979 to begin believing the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Came to saving faith in Christ in October 1982 by confessing I was a sinner by nature and only Christ could save me.