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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump didn’t shake hands at the debate

Andrew Prokop is a senior politics correspondent at Vox, covering the White House, elections, and political scandals and investigations. He’s worked at Vox since the site’s launch in 2014, and before that, he worked as a research assistant at the New Yorker’s Washington, DC, bureau.

The second presidential debate started off on an incredibly awkward note, as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump walked toward each other like they were going to shake hands and then … just … didn’t.

This shouldn’t really be a surprise, as what was already a nasty campaign has just gotten absolutely toxic in the past 48 hours, with Trump trying to change the subject from a leaked tape in which he described groping women without their consent by dredging up rape and sexual assault accusations against Bill Clinton and even holding a press conference with his accusers.


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