Students For Trump, Hillary Debate One Last Time Before Election
“The Dems have withdrawn from the debate!”
The words echoed through the Sparks building moments before Penn State’s Bull-Moose Party (Students for Trump) and Students for Hillary were scheduled to debate foreign policy. The room erupted in gasps, Trump supporters’ eyes filling with glee and Clinton fans sinking into their seats, before the lone Democratic debater entered, unbuttoned his suit jacket, and sat down.
After a short commotion over how many members would debate for each side, Students for Hillary representative Ricardo Luis Rojas began the debate with opening remarks.
“They like to say every year is the most momentous election but I believe this one really is,” Rojas said. “[Hilary Clinton] is the best candidate in foreign and national policy in the modern era. I want to make a positive case for why she should be president.”
Bull-Moose Party Chairman Robert Morrs fielded the first question of the night on illegal immigration. “The problem with illegal immigration is people who don’t support the economy are taking the benefits of the economy. Donald Trump has talked about ending sanctuary cities and securing the border,” Morrs said, citing Kathryn Steinle’s murder by an illegal immigrant in July 2015 and explaining San Francisco’s sanctuary policies make illegal immigrants harder for law enforcement to identify. “Your lives are at risk and the lives of your children.”
Rojas countered by saying any road to solving immigration will include a path to citizenship and cited the many benefits immigrants can bring to the United States. “The idea that the wall will help solve the problem — that’s just a farce,” Rojas said. “Deporting all of them would be a human rights violation.”
On the topic of refugees, Morrs pointed to European struggles with refugee overcrowding. “They’re ripping themselves apart because of who they’ve let in,” Morrs said.
“They don’t come here to mooch off of us; they come here to escape war and poverty,” Rojas responded. He said processes for refugees entering the United States include two United Nations interviews, six U.S. federal interviews, and a health inspection.
The groups also discussed wars in Iraq and Syria. Chris Baker, Communications Director for We Are for Trump, said the war against the Islamic State in Iraq is a bigger issue than regime change in Syria. “They want regime change. The problem is there is a bigger enemy — ISIS. First ISIS, then Assad. The biggest gun massacre in the United States was done by an agent who proclaimed allegiance to ISIS,” Baker said before mentioning a new batch of leaked emails he said show Clinton was aware of the Saudi’s and Qatari’s funneling money to ISIS for regional goals as far back as 2014.
“We need to deal with Iraq and leave,” Morrs added. “There’s not enough money or blood in America to change the way of life in the Middle East.”
Rojas then brought up a new point in Clinton’s platform to combat ISIS. “We need to engage people on the internet to counter the propaganda of ISIS,” he said, explaining Clinton believes in a no-fly zone to secure strategic and vulnerable locations in Iraq and Syria as well.
Baker said a no-fly zone could start World War III if a Russian plane was shot down. “Why are we trying to piss off and play chicken with the only other established nuclear power in the entire world?” Baker asked. The Trump representatives recalled Vladimir Putin saying there will be a war if Clinton is elected.
“If Putin says it’s war if Clinton is elected, bring it on,” Rojas said as the crowd began to boo. “I believe in American military power.”
The Bull-Moose Party accused Bill Clinton of being a “serial rapist,” to which Rojas responded by saying Trump is an “actual rapist.”
In closing, Baker asked the members of the audience if they would want a leader who is under investigation for the third time, which was met with “Hilary for Prison” and “Lock Her Up” chants from Trump supporters in the crowd. Moors said his main goal wasn’t to debate, but to educate people on why Donald Trump is the better option in this election.
Rojas concluded by saying Clinton believes America’s best days are ahead. “When I think of a woman being president, it makes my feminist heart proud,” he said.