Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have faced off in the first presidential debate in Long Island and, in our humble opinion, Clinton won. Hands down.
The two candidates talked jobs, security, race relations, gender, nuclear power and more than one political scandal.
We’ll leave the detailed analysis to the experts, but we’d like to take a few minutes to reflect on some of the glorious moments the Democratic candidate made her opponent’s bid for president look flimsier than his hairpiece.
The perfect response she gave when Trump declared she lacked the “physical and mental stamina” for the top job.
“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.
Her reaction when Trump declared he had the better “temperament”.
“I have much better judgement than she does. There’s no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has,” Trump said.
“I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win. She does not.”
Clinton smiled and began her response with a “Woo! OK”… and a shimmy.
When Barack Obama’s birth certificate came up. Again.
For years, Trump backed the conspiracy theories of the so-called birther movement, which claims President Obama wasn’t born in the United States.
Less than a fortnight he admitted he had it wrong and yet still tried to dodge questions on the topic and even tried to shift the blame to Clinton.
“She failed to get the birth certificate,” he said. “When I got involved, I didn’t fail.”
As she corrected: “[It] really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen.”
Trump also vowed to release his tax returns if Clinton released her 33,000 private emails.
Clinton’s response: “You have to ask yourself why won’t he release his tax returns? Maybe he is not as rich as he says he is? Maybe he is not as charitable as he claims to be?”
“I made a mistake using a private email. If I had to do it over again, I would obviously do it differently. But I won’t make any excuses. It was a mistake. I take responsibility for that.”
And finally, when Trump had a dig at her for staying home while he was out on the campaign trail.
“You’ve seen me, I’ve been all over the place,” he said.
“You decided to stay home and that’s OK.”
Clinton admitted she had been preparing for the debate. And the presidency.