Despite NBC's moderator Lester Holt being practically non-existent throughout the first presidential debate of 2016, Hillary Clinton maintained her poise, got a few good laughs, and put her groveling rival Donald Trump in his place.
She led Trump in the post-debate polls, with a majority 62 percent favoring her performance over 27 percent favoring Trump's.
Held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, the debate brought out Trump's usual over-simplifications, racism, and fear-mongering. Clinton, who held her own, managed to call out Trump on just about everything—except his sniffling and heavy sighs.
From the get-go, Trump tried to cover up his lies and shortcomings, but Clinton wouldn't budge. She said, "Trump lives in his own reality," and it couldn't be a more precise assessment of her opponent's sad attempt at playing politics.
Donald Trump proved once and for all he cannot change: ignorant, bullying, dishonest -- even worse than I expected and I didn't expect much.— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) September 27, 2016
Here are the top five moments in which Clinton proved Trump wrong:
1. Stiffing employees out of their wages isn't okay
Clinton: "I have met a lot of the people who were stiffed by you and your businesses, Donald. I've met dishwashers, painters, architects, glass installers... We have an architect in the audience who designed one of your clubhouses at one of your golf courses... And you wouldn't pay what the man needed to be paid, what he was charging you to do..."
2. "Stop-and-frisk" methods aren't going to solve anything
Clinton: "Stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional and, in part, because it was ineffective. It did not do what it needed to do... I believe in community policing. In fact, violent crime is one-half of what it was in 1991. Property crime is down 40 percent. We just don't want to see it creep back up... One murder is too many."
3. The "birther" movement is sheer racism
Clinton: "Donald started his career back in 1973 being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African-Americans... He was actually sued twice by the Justice Department. So he has a long record of engaging in racist behavior. The birther lie was a very hurtful one."
4. No, ISIS has not been around Clinton's entire life
Clinton: "... his plan to defeat ISIS. He says it's a secret plan, but the only secret is that he has no plan..."
5. Stop shaming women's bodies
Clinton: "This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs. And someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers... One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. He called this woman Miss Piggy. Then he called her Miss Housekeeping, because she was Latina."
On Tuesday morning during a "Fox and Friends" interview, Trump continued to body shame the former Miss Universe, despite being given a chance by the Fox hosts to redeem himself for making such horribly misogynistic comments. He said over the phone, "She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem."
If the debate were to be summed up in one line, perhaps it would be when Clinton harkened back to Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention speech in 2008, quoting from her when she said, "When they go low, we go high." Her reference alluded to Trump's wife, who pathetically appropriated segments of the First Lady's speech as her own at the Republican National Convention.
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