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The Internet Loves the Guy Who Asked the Last Question at the Presidential Debate

October 10, 2016, 3:19 AM UTC

The man who asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to say one thing they respect about each other to conclude the second presidential debate Sunday is being widely praised on social media for bringing some positivity into a combative race.

Karl Becker, a town-hall participant, had the opportunity to ask the final question in St. Louis after a nearly two-hour heated exchange between the pair of presidential candidates. “Regardless of the current rhetoric,” he asked, “would either of you name one positive thing that you respect in one another?”

Clinton, who answered first, said she respects Trump’s children, while Trump said he respects that Clinton is a “fighter” who “doesn’t give up.” Trump said Clinton’s comment about his children was a “very nice compliment.”


Trump and Clinton traded insults throughout the debate, which began on an already contentious note when they did not shake hands at the start. They did finish the event with a handshake.