Hillary Clinton’s best quotes from the first presidential debate show how calm, cool, and collected she stayed
If you paid attention to any of the hype beforehand, you probably know Monday’s debate was supposed to be pretty epic. And the candidates really didn’t disappoint when it came to putting on a good show. Hillary Clinton’s best quotes from the debate can give you a pretty good idea of how things went down, just in case you were smart enough to not submit yourself to 90 uninterrupted minutes of political showmanship. Of course, leading up to the debate, both candidates were whining that it would somehow be unfair. Clinton’s team was running its mouth about how the media would be grading Trump on a curve of sorts — that as long as his head didn’t explode and he didn’t use an explicit racial slur, he would be judged a winner. Trump, on the other hand, spent his time vetting moderator Lester Holt, of NBC News, and making sure Clinton wouldn’t get any softball questions.
But who cares about policy during an election like this one? Given that Trump and Clinton have already been going back and forth at each other on Twitter, it was only to be expected they would fight a little dirty. Trump is a clown, but Clinton has been a little catty on Twitter, and she didn’t hold back this time around either when it came to snark or seemingly putting Trump in his place.
Here are some of her best moments of the night.
On Trump’s plan to grow the economy, she delivered this burn:
“I call it Trumped up trickle down.”
And threw a little shade at his, ahem, priorities:
“Sometimes what happens in business would be really bad for government.”
On creating problems:
“If you help create the problems, you should be able to share in them, not just the executives at the top.”
On preparing for the debate beforehand:
“I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for ? I prepared to be president, and I think that’s a good thing.”
On Trump calling NAFTA the “worst trade deal maybe ever”:
“Donald, you may live in your own reality but that is not the facts.”
On whether she has the stamina to become president:
On Trump pressing President Obama about his birth certificate:
“It can’t be dismissed that easily. He really started his political activity on this racist lie that our first black president was not a natural-born U.S. citizen.”
Seconding Michelle Obama’s sentiments on the birther lie:
“When they go low, we go high.”
On Trump making sexist comments:
“This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs.”
On why Twitter fingers can be totally reckless:
“A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes.”
On how police can deal with implicit bias:
On Monday morning, Clinton’s team said she was totally prepared and had even held a mock debate the day off (instead of resting up like a normal human being would). She definitely came in swinging. But Trump’s not an easy guy to go head to head with.