On Wednesday night, September 8, 2016, NBC and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America sponsored a televised Commander-in-Chief Forum. This forum, hosted by NBC’s Matt Lauer, provided an opportunity for each candidate to appear presidential while showcasing his/her command of foreign policy and readiness to command our troops. Lauer and veterans posed questions to the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.
Even as Matt Lauer tried to handicap Clinton by questioning her, ad nauseam, about her emails; she came off as a much better presidential candidate in terms of knowledge of the issues to be faced as the Commander-in-Chief, experience and temperament than Donald Trump. HRC was unflappable. That’s why I’m with her.
Donald Trump bluffed his way through the forum as he trashed the generals and advisors around President Obama. Trump also offered an aside that intelligence experts who briefed him were unhappy because President Obama is not listening to them. (I’m sure he only shared this piece of gossip with his closest friends, since he refuses to share his plans to defeat ISIS with the voters, lest some foreigners should get wind of it.) In other words, Trump did not appear to possess the knowledge, the discretion, nor the temperament to be a Commander-in-Chief who could make me feel safe. Besides, who wants a president who plans to let his daughter run the country, while he and his Melania (an acceptable immigrant) entertain Vladimir Putin in the Rose Garden.
I am not an expert. I am not a pundit. I am just a voter and that’s just the way I saw it.
View the full Commander-In-Chief Forum here and you decide. Commander-In-Chief Forum