The television audience for the second debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fell sharply from their first record-breaking debate. It is estimated that some 66.5 million Americans tuned in to the 90-minute debate on October 9 across a number of networks, well below the record 84 million who watched the first debate om September 27.
The vicious attacks that Clinton and Trump aimed at each other, and lack of policy discussion led to the fall in viewers for the second presidential debate. Some debate viewers had mentioned that it was difficult for them to answer their children’s questions regarding the attacks that were made by the candidates.
In the second debate not only did the attacks not decline, rather they became more vicious. Donald Trump brought women in the audience that had accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. He had even invited rape victim Kathy Shelton. When Shelton was 12 years old she was raped by Hillary Clinton’s client. Clinton helped her rapist client get off on a technicality, and was latter seen laughing about it. At the end of this vicious debate maybe the biggest losers were the millions of Americans who watched it.