By: JESSICA YU
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head-to-head for the first time on Monday, September 26, 2016, in Hempstead, New York. The debate was held at Hofstra University and moderated by Lester Holt, anchor of NBC Nightly News. Throughout the 90-minute debate, Clinton and Trump discussed everything from their policies to their personal lives.
Trump, as usual, held nothing back; while defending his plans to lower taxes on the wealthy, he claimed that “…we have no leadership. And honestly, that starts with Secretary Clinton.” In response, Clinton joked, “I have a feeling that by the end of this evening, I’m going to be blamed for everything that’s ever happened.” Trump replied, “Why not?” Moreover, Trump asserted that he will go against his lawyer’s wishes and release his tax returns–as soon as Clinton “releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted.”
Clinton fired back at Trump when she claimed that he had “…really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen.” She also suggested that Trump cannot be trusted with the nuclear codes, asserting that “…a man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near [them].”
Toward the end of the debate, Trump repeated a comment he made that Clinton lacked a presidential “look” and added that she “…doesn’t have the stamina” to be President. Clinton, in response, reminded us that “[h]e tried to change from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs.”
In short, the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton was definitely worth the watch; make sure to watch the last debate on Wednesday, October 19.