Rolling Stone's WTF Moments From the First Presidential Debate


On the housing crash
Clinton: "Donald was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, 'Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.' Well, it did collapse —"

Trump: "That's called business, by the way."

Clinton: "Nine million people — nine million people lost their jobs. Five million people lost their homes. And $13 trillion in family wealth was wiped out."

On climate change

Clinton: "Donald thinks that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I think it's real."

Trump: "I did not. I did not. I do not say that." (He did.)


On the TPP

Trump: "You called it the gold standard of trade deals. You said it's the finest deal you've ever seen, and then you heard what I said about it, and all of a sudden you were against it."

Clinton: "Well, Donald, I know you live in your own reality, but that is not the facts. The facts are: I did say I hoped it would be a good deal, but when it was negotiated which I was not responsible for, I concluded it wasn't. I wrote about that in my book —"

Trump: "So, is it President Obama's fault?"
Clinton: "—before you even announced."
Trump: "Is it President Obama's fault?"


On Clinton's plan for the economy

Trump: "Secretary, you have no plan."

Clinton: "In fact, I have written a book about it. It's called Stronger Together. You can pick it up tomorrow at a bookstore or at an airport near you."


On Clinton’s plan to fight ISIS

Trump: "Just go to her website. She tells you how to fight ISIS on her website. I don't think General Douglas MacArthur would like that too much."

Clinton: "Well, at least I have a plan to fight ISIS."

Trump: "You're telling the enemy everything you want to do."
Clinton: "No, we're not. No, we're not."

Trump: "See, you're telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you've been fighting — no wonder you've been fighting ISIS your entire adult life."

Clinton: "That's a — that's — go to the — please, fact checkers, get to work."


On the economy

Clinton: "Broad-based, inclusive growth is what we need in America, not more advantages for people at the very top—"
Trump: "Typical. Politician. All talk. No action. Sounds good. Doesn't work. Never gonna happen."

On whether Trump will release his tax returns

Trump: "I will release my tax returns, against my lawyer's wishes, when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release…"
Lester Holt: "So it's negotiable?”
Trump: "It's not negotiable, no. Let her release the emails. Why did she delete 33,000?"

On the contents Trump’s tax returns

Clinton: "You've got to ask yourself, why won't he release his tax returns? And I think there may 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.Third, we don't know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks. Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax."
Trump: "That makes me smart."
Clinton: "So if he's paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. And I think probably he's not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see what the real reasons are, because it must be something really important, even terrible, that he's trying to hide.”

On the country’s problems

Trump: "Our country has tremendous problems. We're a debtor nation. We're a serious debtor nation. And we have a country that needs new roads, new tunnels, new bridges, new airports, new schools, new hospitals. And we don't have the money, because it's been squandered on so many of your ideas."
Clinton: "And maybe because you haven't paid any federal income tax for a lot of years."
Trump: "It would be squandered, too, believe me." -ROLLING STONE


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