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More from The Debate: Race and Law and Order

On crime, Trump goes directly to law and order.  Touting police endorsements helps him with his base. Going after Chicago and Obama is a nice move.   Lester Holt showing some overt hostility to Trump on the issue of stop-and-frisk.   Ultimately  I think this is a winning issue for Trump.   He Does a nice job of turning his stop-and-frisk strategy as something benefiting African-Americans and Hispanics (which is true,  of course, but never admitted by the media).  Hillary does some shameless pandering to inner-city African-Americans which also probably helps her.

Hillary goes after “systemic racism” and implicit bias in criminal justice system.  Probably helps her with the BLM crowd, but not with swing voters in the Midwest.

Trump does a nice turnaround on Super Predators and stop-and-frisk.   Trump correctly fact-checked Hillary on rising NYC murder rate. 

Trump didn’t do well with the birtherism question.  Should have told the Blumenthal story down pat.   Clinton is now straight-out calling Trump a racist.  That will be popular with the media, but not clear how that will play with swing voters. 

One thing is clear: Both candidates are really playing to their base on these issues. 

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