We thought Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton might put aside their differences and try to be civil for the last presidential debate on Oct. 19, but we were wrong. Once again, the politicians refused to shake hands as they stepped out on the stage for the last time. Here’s the scoop.
Oh, come on guys! Donald Trump, 70, and Hillary Clinton, 68, decided to take the low road on Oct. 19, and not shake hands when they met on stage for the very last presidential debate before the big Nov. 8 election. This is the second time they’ve refused to greet each other as most other candidates in history always have. Not to mention they didn’t shake at the end, either.
However, there was no awkward moment where they seemed to avoid each other, they simply came out from backstage on opposite sides of the platform and went directly to their podiums, never crossing each others’ paths. Neither looked angry or anything, Hillary arrived in a white suit wearing a broad smile across her face, and Donald looked happy as well, waving jovially at the crowd, they simply refused to show each other the respect of shaking hands.
— POLITICO (@politico) October 20, 2016
At the end of the debate, Hillary looked sideways at Donald as she approached moderator Chris Wallace to shake his hand. We thought she might approach him, but Donald did not come out from behind his podium until she had moved away from Chris.
While we would have preferred that the Republican and Democratic candidates did the mature thing and greeted each other with respect on Oct. 19, we can’t pretend that we’re surprised that they didn’t. The duo refused to shake hands at the second presidential debate as well. However, that seemingly came out of nowhere because they did show each other respect at the first and warmly greeted each other. Even at that point, plenty of mud had been slung, so it’s unclear what made the difference.
HollywoodLifers, do you think it was messed up that Donald and Hillary didn’t shake hands, or should we just expect it at this point?