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Clinton-Trump Debate 1 Live Blog

It’s a minute before 9 PM Eastern time on September 26, 2016, and I’m waiting for the first Clinton-Trump debate to begin. I’ll be posting anything notable from this debate as the experience unfolds… but I won’t feel pressure to write anything if this turns out to be a predictable piece of pap.

It’s a late start. Was someone delaying the proceedings? I don’t know, but the moderator Lester Holt did just say that the audience shouldn’t cheer or boo. Good luck with that.

Donald Trump is correctly identifying the economic problems facing the country at the beginning of the debate. He hasn’t identified a solution, however, other than “we have to stop it” and “we cannot let it happen.” Oh, wait: here’s the answer: Donald Trump is going to massively reduce taxes for corporations… to make things better for workers. Hillary Clinton responds: “that’d be trickle-down economics all over again:… Trumped-up Trickle Down… He really believes the more that you help wealthy people, the better it’ll be.”

Asked how he would bring back high-paying jobs to the United States given that other countries pay much lower wages, Donald Trump… tap dances around the question and doesn’t answer. Asked again, he says, “well, the first thing you do is you don’t let them leave.” News flash: they’ve already left.

Donald Trump: “That’s called business.” Hillary Clinton: “9 million people lost their jobs.” Trump looks like a jerk.

Donald Trump just directly denied he said global warming was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Fact check: yes, he did say that. Donald Trump, November 2012: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He’s said this kind of thing more than once.

Hillary Clinton looks like a callous elitist smiling and saying “well, that’s your opinion” when Donald Trump points out that NAFTA has been bad for people.

“Big League!”

Hillary Clinton just laid out a pretty slick advertisement for her fact checking website. Watch millions hit the server… now.

Lester Holt: “Secretary Clinton, you’re calling for tax hikes for the wealthy. Mr. Trump, you’re calling for tax cuts for the wealthy.” Not a comparison favorable to Donald Trump.

He’s yelling. She’s not. He’s out of control. She’s in control.

Donald Trump: “We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble.”

Donald Trump: “I will release the tax returns as soon as audits are done. I have been under audit for almost 15 years.”

Hillary Clinton: “He didn’t pay any federal income tax.” Donald Trump: “That makes me smart.”

Donald Trump: “My obligation is to take care of myself.” And that’s why you shouldn’t be president.

News flash: The nation’s largest police union has just endorsed a racist bigot for president.

“You shouldn’t have a profit motivation to fill prison cells.” — Hillary Clinton, celebrating the end of federal for-profit prisons.

Donald Trump claims stop-and-frisk brought murders in NYC down to 500. Hillary Clinton says after stop-and-frisk remained low in NYC after the end of stop-and-frisk. Dpnald Trump declared directly that Hillary Clinton was wrong. The most recent Crime in the United States report, for the year 2015, counts 352 murders in New York City. Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, is wrong.

“Nobody was caring much about it.” — Donald Trump explaining why he kept on saying President Barack Obama was not born in the United States for five years after President Barack Obama produced his birth certificate.

Donald Trump policy plans for everything summed up: We’re doing bad and we have to do better.

Donald Trump: “I did not support the war in Iraq.” Reality: Donald Trump supported the war in Iraq.

“I also have a much better temperament than she does.” — the best joke of the debate by far.

Donald Trump is rambling.

Now Donald Trump is yelling. Too hot, too fast. Much too much out of control.

One thought on “Clinton-Trump Debate 1 Live Blog”

  1. J Clifford says:

    My feeling the whole time was that neither of these candidates have known poverty, or even true economic struggle. Donald Trump came off as an arrogant billionaire who truly believes that a gift of millions of dollars from his father is “small”. Hillary Clinton wasn’t as arrogant, but even she defined focused on middle class struggles more than the extraordinary difficulties of people living in poverty. To be born into a family that lacks at least middle class comfort seems to have become a kind of pollution in our political discussion. I can understand the fury of people who look at this election as a game between powerful interests in which they will lose no matter who wins.

    On the other hand, Hillary Clinton at least spoke to the abuses by economic elites like Donald Trump against the rest of America. The fact is that many Americans who think of themselves as middle class, as a kind of cultural category, have been slipping into poverty since 1980 and the advent of Reaganomics.

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