This week every news outlet in the world was in the grip of the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton. The first out of three debates took place Monday night in the US and I streamed it live on Tuesday in Aus to watch two people restating their own agenda points whilst interrupting each other in personal attacks (one particular person more than the other..) and call it debating. In either way, these are the four moments I found the most remarkable.
“I don’t believe she does have the stamina,” Trump answered when the host asked why Trump stated that he doesn’t think Clinton has a presidential look. Clinton responded to the typical Trump insult powerfully, by saying: “As soon as he travels to a 112 country and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional comity, he can talk to me about stamina.”
It was to be expected for Trump’s female opponent to make a remark about his misogynistic ways.”He tried to switch from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, sluts, and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.
“Who has said women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men.”
All Trump really had to say in defence were a few “not true” interruptions.
Taxes and emails
Possibly the most remarkable moment in the debate was when Trump said “I will release my tax returns against my lawyers wishes, when she releases her 33.000 emails that have been deleted.”
Clinton keeps calm and calls it another example of ‘bait and switch’ and notes that everyone running for American president in the past 40 years has released their tax returns and notes there is no prohibition of releasing it.
“So you’ve got to ask yourself why won’t he release his tax returns and I think there might be a couple of reasons.
“First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is, second maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be.
“This is something that the American people deserve to see and I have no reason to believe that he’s ever going to release his tax returns, because there is something he’s hiding,” Clinton said.
“We have to do a much better job at keeping our jobs,” was Trump’s comment on the topic of employment that was bound to be discussed.
Trump critically asked Clinton, “you’ve been doing this for thirty years, why are you just thinking about solutions right now?
“I will bring back jobs, you can’t bring back jobs.”
Clinton confidently responded, “when I was secretary of state we actually increased American exports globally 30% -we increased them to China 50%- so I know how to really work to get new jobs and to get exports that help to create more new jobs.”