First Presidential Debate 2016 Roundup: The Hits, Misses and More

The Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live knockdown went down on Monday, Sept. 26 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time where the candidates truly lived up to their notoriety as arguably the most disliked presidential candidates in decades.

Here are the top moments of last night’s debate:

5. The "birther" issue

For once Trump actual says nothing? Not exactly.

For five years Trump has been dedicated to questioned the citizenship of President Barack Obama, but he has recently changed his mind when he admitted Obama was born in the United States. Not only did he not give a reason for his change of heart, but also showed no remorse.  

Trump tried to blame Clinton for starting the rumor (fact checkers say that's false) and then proceeded to praising himself for forcing Obama to produce his birth certificate (NBC). Clinton then threw some shade and pointed out the irony of the “birther” issue coming out after America was in the process of electing its first black president.

"I say nothing, because I was able to get it," he said of the birth certificate. "I think I did a good job."

4. Tax returns

“I will release my tax returns against my lawyers wishes, when she releases her 33,000 deleted emails,” Trump said.

The Trump campaign has offered many fluctuating explanations for why he isn’t releasing his tax returns. Recently, one of his sons said it would raise too many questions and distract from his campaign message, according to Fortune.

3.Stamina and women

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Clinton slammed Trump not only for saying she lacked the stamina to be president, but also for his derogatory comments about women in the past.

“As soon as he travels to 112 countries 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 committee, he can talk to me about stamina,” Clinton said (Fortune).

2. Stop-and-frisk


Probably one of the most controversial moments of the night was when Trump argued for the reinstatement of the stop-and-frisk policy, and denied that the policy had any previous racial profiling tendencies.

Trump said the policy was "tremendous beyond belief" and that other cities needed to implement it in order to enforce "law and order."

1. Temperament

The audience definitely had some comedic relief after Trump shared his thoughts on his temperament.

"I have much better judgment than she does," Trump said. "I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. "

Clinton’s first response?

“Woo, ok!”

However, in the end both Clinton and Trump had major factual mishaps. It seems like both candidates had temporary memory losses when denying their own previous actions and words, luckily the Associated Press came up with a handy fact check guide for the debate.

Top fact check misses:

1. Hillary’s been fighting ISIS her entire adult life? Doubtful.

Trump said Clinton has been fighting ISIS for her entire adult lifespan. Yet, Clinton reached adulthood in 1965 and the Islamic State developed in Iraq in 2013, a year after she left the state department.

2. The Iraq War

Trump has temporary memory loss on stage, apparently, and forgets he supported the Iraq war before the U.S. invaded. He began to show doubts in 2003, well after the war began.

3. Trans-Pacific Trade deal

Clinton has flip-flopped on the deal since her debating days with Bernie Sanders. Though she denied it on stage, she did call the TPP deal the “gold standard” of trade agreements on 2012 trip to Australia.

4. The Chinese invented global warming? Oops.

Maybe next time Trump’s public relations team should delete a tweet before he publicly denies it on live television? Just a thought.

Time is ticking millennials, and so is your chance to register to vote. If you haven’t already registered now is the time because as the voting day rears its ugly, stressful head, you need to be prepared with all the facts and confidence needed to be voting for your next president. Millennials have officially overtaken the baby boomers as the largest, and most diverse generation. What does this mean? It means we decide the vote.

Here’s a helpful article on how to register to vote.

Stay informed, millennials.


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