In downtown Seattle, we asked some women what they thought of the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Disgusted, horrified and amused — but not at all shocked.
Those were the most common reactions to Sunday’s presidential debate from about 15 women we stopped at random while they were walking (or biking) to work in downtown Seattle on Monday.
Women’s reactions to presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been increasingly in the spotlight as accusations are hurled by both candidates about the other’s mistreatment or abuse of women.
One Trump supporter, who did not want to give her name, said the debates are “amusing” to her and that she enjoys watching Trump get people riled up.
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“That’s why I like him,” she said.
Perhaps predictably in Seattle, most others were less entertained.
“I think it’s a sad indictment of our country and what our politics have become,” Beverly Mills said about Sunday’s debate and the election in general. “The vulgarity and bullying is embarrassing to me as a woman and a mother.”
“Donald Trump is disgusting, and I feel ashamed that he is on the ticket and we’ve sunk to this bar. Neither of them talked about issues; it was just this insane banter,” Peggie Bates said.
“He’s kind of a jerk,” Zahra Megji said. “I don’t feel like he answered questions directly, and I don’t think that he’s the kind of person who should be in that kind of post.”
Others didn’t bother to watch.
“Why should I watch?” asked another woman, who didn’t stop to give her name. “They’re both gonna be crappy presidents.”
Tiffany Smith, who was in the process of moving to Colorado on Monday, said she didn’t have time to tune into the political antics.
“Trump is an idiot and I have better things to do with my time than watch him,” she said.