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    'Crisis of Confidence': Why Clinton's Unable to 'Knock Trump Out'

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    Both US presidential candidates - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - will aggravate the political situation in the United States, columnist Jörg Lau wrote for German newspaper Die Zeit.

    According to Lau, the current election campaign is the first of its kind in the United States. Although various reports have said that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is ahead of the candidate from the Republican Party, Donald Trump, in fact in both cases the US is facing a severe crisis of confidence.

    "Donald Trump's latest scandalous performance and Hillary Clinton's strange defenselessness are both symptoms of a dramatic crisis in American democracy. Trump's victory would undoubtedly deepen the crisis, but with Clinton's victory it wouldn't come to an end either," Lau wrote.

    Although a series of scandals surrounding the 2005 audiotape in which Donald Trump made misogynistic comments about women as well as a number of public statements made by women accusing him of sexual assaults brought his ratings down, he managed to find "an appropriate reply" to Hillary Clinton and brought up her husband Bill Clinton's string of infidelity scandals during the debate.

    However, the main reason behind Hillary's inability to "knock her rival out" is not related to the widely discussed sex life of her husband, Lau stressed.

    "The crisis of American democracy can't solely be attributed to the Republican Party," Lau wrote. "The American crisis of confidence is also a problem for the Democrats and Hillary Clinton is the face of it. Her reserved attitude [toward Trump] is also a strategy: she hopes for the self-destruction of her opponent, which she does not want to stand in the way," the columnist said.

    Earlier, Gordon Duff, a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, wrote in his article for New Eastern Outlook that the 2016 US presidential campaign has hit a new low.

    "The second presidential debate wasn't just an attack on reason itself, as most pundits agree, it laid bare America for what it is, a nation in decline, once believed the 'hope of the world,' now laid bare as simply 'nuts,'" Duff claimed.

    According to a recent survey, Trump and Clinton are the most unpopular presidential candidates in US history.


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