12 Times Hillary Clinton Stood Her Ground at the Third Presidential Debate
What an incredibly strange final debate.
Tonight was the last and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Hosted at the University of Nevada and moderated by Chris Wallace, it was a wild night. From the national debt to the Supreme Court, presidential fitness to foreign affairs, the debate featured some of the toughest questions of the three debates.
The Donald came out strong against Clinton, looking for vengeance in light of his gradually sinking poll numbers. But Secretary Clinton stood her ground against Trump's attacks and put forward a few criticisms of her own against his hypocrisy. Here are 12 moments where Clinton refused to put up with Trump's temper-tantrums.
1.) Clinton defended herself against Trump's claim that she wants to "rip the baby out of the womb"
Uh, does Trump know what really happens when a woman chooses to have a late-term abortion? Clinton was direct on this one, defending the gravity behind a woman's right to choose and calling Trump out for his ignorance on, well, how abortions work.
\u201cDon't want to tell ppl what to do w/ their guns but want to tell women what to do w/ their bodies? #antiquated #debatenight\u201d— Faithful (@Faithful) 1476926399
2.) Sharing Carla's story and criticizing Trump's immigration policies
Clinton discussed one woman's struggle with her family's safety amidst Trump's immigration policies. She criticized Trump's demand to deport undocumented Americans. Clinton wasn't about to put up with this idea, pointing out how it was an extremely brutal idea that would "rip our country apart."
\u201cI think Trump should stick to speaking English and not my language #debatenight\u201d— ari\u2600\ufe0f (@ari\u2600\ufe0f) 1476926731
3.) She also pointed out Trump's hypocrisy on undocumented workers
Clinton argued that undocumented immigrants should become citizens to boost our economy and give the federal government the opportunity to protect their civil rights. Trump doesn't feel that way. So she pointed out how undocumented, underpaid workers built Trump Tower. Meaning Trump essentially exploited undocumented workers for his own gain.
\u201cAll previous moderators....bow before Chris Wallace this instant. Taking control and using his 'respect' equity with ease. #debatenight\u201d— Matt Robinson (@Matt Robinson) 1476926922
4.) Secretary Clinton says Trump encouraged espionage as Putin's puppet
Ouch. After Clinton brought up the connection between Russian hacking and WikiLeaks, Clinton flat-out pointed out how Trump was connected to Putin. She felt it was disturbing how 17 top national security officials confirmed Russian interference, and how Trump himself seems to repeatedly play into Vladimir Putin's hands.
\u201cTrump must really believe that the more the repeats himself, the more people will believe him. #DebateNight\u201d— Erica Switzer (@Erica Switzer) 1476927355
5.) Flat-out pointing out how Trump would tear up US alliances
A Clinton administration would focus on strengthening US allies throughout the world. Trump would endanger that, and Clinton didn't mince words in that regard. Despite the fact Trump kept interrupting her.
\u201cBased on the data pulled from Politifact, Clinton ranks country's 2nd most honest politician #DebateNight #Debate\nhttps://t.co/sie3iKwmx7\u201d— \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 \ud83c\udfa5Frankie Say, VOTE!\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf7f\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 \ud83c\udfa5Frankie Say, VOTE!\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\udf7f\ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1476927540
\u201cChris Wallace best moderator. Focusing in issues. #debatenight\u201d— Andrea Bailey (@Andrea Bailey) 1476927540
6.) She defended her tax plan against his attacks
Trump's plan would expand the debt significantly due to his proposed tax cuts. Meanwhile, the Clintons were able to implement a national surplus under President Bill Clinton's presidency, suggesting Secretary Clinton knows how to help the economy. Despite Trump's claims that she would increase the debt, she knows what's needed to fix the economy, and she proved it during the debate.
\u201cTrump's tax plan: "Cut everything massively." #debatenight #debate\u201d— Evelyn Bertrand (@Evelyn Bertrand) 1476927893
7.) Clinton said Trump simply cries "crocodile tears" on American workers
Trump has "shipped jobs to Mexico" and bought Chinese steel, hurting the American economy. He doesn't care about helping blue-collar Americans, he just likes doing what helps him and his self-interest best. Clinton didn't put up with that at all and called him out.
\u201cDonald Trump has a record of job creation...somewhere. #debatenight\u201d— The Briefing (@The Briefing) 1476928155
If Trump can't even comb his hair properly, how is he going to sort out ANYTHING? #debatenight— Robert Dillon (@celticpraxis)
8.) She pointed out that Trump belittles women
Secretary Clinton emphasized that Trump treats women in misogynistic ways, objectifying us by talking about us as if we're mere sex objects. This, she stressed, isn't fit for our American values.
\u201cHillary's eyeball control is quite admirable. Girl, I'm here for you... rolling my eyes on your behalf. \ud83d\ude12\ud83d\ude12\ud83d\ude12 #DebateNight #HillaryClinton\u201d— Girl, Unafraid (@Girl, Unafraid) 1476928635
9.) And Clinton pointed out how Trump never apologizes
From the disabled reporter that Trump attacked, to his severe criticisms of the Khan's, to the way he treated John McCain as a POW, Clinton pointed out that Trump never takes responsibility for his misbehavior. He blames others or lies. She called it a "pattern," a "dark" and "dangerous" vision of violence for the US. "That is not who America is!" she said.
\u201cTrump: I respect women. No one respects women more than me.\n\nAudience: *laughs*\n\nYou can't make this up, folks.\n\n#DebateNight\u201d— Caitlin Murray (@Caitlin Murray) 1476928725
\u201c"9 women have come forward with sexual assault accusations against you."\n\n"Emails!" \n\n#DebateHeadache #debatenight\u201d— Z. David Van Norman (@Z. David Van Norman) 1476928725
10.) Oh yeah, and she called out the Trump Foundation's misuse of funds
Trump railed on the Clinton Foundation, but he shouldn't have done so. Whereas, the Clinton Foundation has raised millions in humanitarian aid, the Trump Foundation... builds tributes to Donald Trump. Quite the distinction.
\u201cTrump should be careful when talking about charities and foundations #debatenight #PresidentialDebate\u201d— \u654f\u7db8 (@\u654f\u7db8) 1476929020
11.) She said he hasn't released his tax returns
You know, it's true. As Clinton said, you can't prove what's real or false about Trump's charity foundation because Trump repeatedly hides his tax returns from the public. Whereas Clinton's tax returns are open for the pubilc to look at. She was quick to point out this hypocrisy.
\u201cNo tax returns, no proof of charitable work. Try again, Trump #whinylittlebitch #debatenight\u201d— Tracee (@Tracee) 1476929116
12.) Most of all, though, she kept her cool as he repeatedly interrupted her
Again and again, Trump tried to interrupt Clinton during her own two-minute arguments, shouting "wrong!" and calling her "such a nasty woman." Clinton barely batted an eye, of course, holding her energy for her claims. It wasn't just a beautiful moment, it showed how professional and presidential Secretary Clinton is as a leader.
\u201c#DebateNight@@HillaryClinton @realDonaldTrump Trump debates like a 4 year old\u201d— Bhuvi (@Bhuvi) 1476929794