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Be it resolved, Donald Trump can make America great again...

 

September 30, 2016

Will Donald J. Trump be America’s next president? For some, his brash, politically incorrect campaign is the panacea for the Washington and Wall Street elites that have saddled the country with endless wars, an anemic economy, and growing racial division. His boosters believe Trump will usher in a Reagan-like era of domestic prosperity at home, and free America from a destructive global web of counterproductive trade agreements and military entanglements abroad. Trump’s critics are having none of this. They see not a president in waiting, but a dangerously unstable and inexperienced demagogue; one who threatens U.S. democracy and global peace and security. Rather than being a harbinger of the country’s renewal, Trump’s candidacy is supposedly destroying the social fabric of America by demonizing minorities, denigrating women and exacerbating racial differences.

To engage with the controversy of the moment, the Fall 2016 Munk Debate will move the motion: be it resolved, Donald Trump can make America great again…

Debate Results

Pre-Debate Results

14% Pro 86% Con

Post-Debate Results

20% Pro 80% Con

Pro wins with 6% vote gain.

Debaters

Pro

Newt Gingrich

“If you want to break up the corrupt bureaucratic, incestuous system of Washington, you had better have somebody who's very willing to get in fights.”

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Laura Ingraham

“America needs renewal. America needs a leader who sees his job solely as making the lives of the average Americans better.”

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Con

Robert Reich

“This man doesn't have the character or the temperament to be president. Trump's election would endanger America and everything we believe in and stand for.”

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Con

Jennifer Granholm

“At a moment when we need someone to heal, to bring people together, Trump has alienated women, he has alienated Mexicans, he has alienated Muslims, he has alienated Jewish-Americans, you name it.”

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