The Lowdown on Stop and Frisk

Amid the crossfire of insults and exchange of wisecracks during last Monday’s presidential debate was a probing discussion on the contentious relationship between law enforcement and African American communities nationwide. The conversation about America’s criminal justice system has been especially pertinent given this past summer’s shootings in Dallas, which resulted in the tragic deaths of five police officers, alongside the more recent display of civil unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina. Throughout the conversation, both candidates played deftly to their respective ideological visions. Clinton expressed a desire to restore trust in…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Recapping the First Presidential Debate

On Monday night, the first presidential debate took place a stone’s throw away from Fordham at Hofstra University. The 90-minute debate gave only a glimpse into each candidate’s policies, but nevertheless revealed each of their important strengths and drawbacks, which will receive more intense scrutiny as the election draws nearer. Donald J. Trump The Good Trump managed to steer clear of his numerable controversial statements about Mexicans, Muslims, and women. Even though he was asked several pointed questions that could have led him down this road, such as a reference…

What Trump Should Do After Monday’s Debate

Monday’s first presidential debate, seen by close to one hundred million people, pitted Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton together for the first time. While many post-debate polls — such as this widely cited one by CNN — have crowned Clinton the winner, it by no means was a resounding victory, if one at all. Going forward, Trump can glean a lot from his performance and work to avoid the same traps that beleaguered him on Monday. Trump’s primary fault was his inability to reframe many of the debate questions in his…

In Defense of John Kasich

Two weeks ago, Gov. John Kasich received a lot of criticism from the conservative base of the Republican Party for his debate performance. Many cited their annoyance, while some called him a liberal – a derogatory name that can damage the reputation of any Republican candidate. Fox News contributor Erick Erickson described him as an “insufferable, angry man.” He continued, “Kasich tried to stand out by yelling and interrupting, but it did not work for him. He came across as a temper tantrum prone child while claiming to be the…