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The first presidential debate of the 2016 election cycle was one for the books. For just over an hour and a half, Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton quarreled back and forth about everything from race relations to jobs to national security. While many critiqued the debate for lacking substance, none can argue that it did not provide entertaining television. In case you missed this interesting exchange, here are ten of the strangest quotes from the first 2016 presidential debate:
1) “I call it ‘Trumped-up trickle-down’.” –Hillary Clinton
Yeah, this one took me a second. In an attempt to bash Trump’s economic policy by tying it the significantly unpopular concept of trickle-down economics, Mrs. Clinton rolled out a new one-liner attack on the real estate mogul. “Trumped-up trickle-down” is an effort by the Clinton campaign to expose Trump’s economic plans, which would give large tax cuts to the wealthy. “We just have a different view on what’s best for growing the economy,” Hillary Clinton added.
2) “I want you to be very happy. It’s very important to me.” –Donald Trump
You read that right. Donald Trump prioritized Hillary Clinton’s happiness at a time when he was supposed to be dismantling her policy positions and public reputation. I guess the pundits were right when they said this debate would be unpredictable.
3) “I have a feeling that by the end of this evening I’m going to be blamed for everything.” –Hillary Clinton
After a string of accusations about Clinton’s supposed wrongdoings while in public office, Donald Trump stated, “We have no leadership, and honestly, that starts with Secretary Clinton.” Hillary Clinton responded to Trump’s comment with the above sarcastic remark, which sparked a peal of laughter from the audience. The statement clearly caught many people off guard and was one of the few times throughout the night that Hillary’s on-the-spot quip proved successful.
4) “Just join the debate by saying more crazy things!” –Hillary Clinton
This quote is strange simply because it did not make much sense. Hillary made the above statement after Trump suggested that Clinton should, in fact, be blamed for everything. I am not quite sure who she was suggesting should say “more crazy things.” Or maybe she was challenging Trump to say crazier things. The world may never know…
5) “We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble.” –Donald Trump
While Trump used his interesting way with words to describe the current state of the Fed, he did have a point. He brought attention to the political nature of the Fed, led by Janet Yellin, current Chair of the Federal Reserve. The low interest rates that the Fed has implemented will eventually have to go back up. Once they do, Trump claimed that “very bad things” are going to happen.
6) “The day Obama goes off, and he leaves [office], and goes out to the golf course for the rest of his life to play golf…” –Donald Trump
Come on, did you really think The Donald could debate for over an hour without mentioning Obama’s golfing obsession? A classic conservative talking point is to criticize Obama’s prioritization of making par over making sound public policy, so it is no surprise that Trump found a way to sneak it into one of the most-watched events in television history.
7) “I made a mistake using a private email. If I had to do it over again, I would obviously do it differently. But I’m not going to make any excuses. It was a mistake and I take responsibility for it.” –Hillary Clinton
While it may not seem this way at face value, this was quite possibly the strangest quote from the first presidential debate, simply because it is so contradictory to Clinton’s previous statements. The key part of this statement is “But I’m not going to make any excuses.” Really, Hillary? What happened to using it “for convenience”? What happened to “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email”? Those sound like excuses–and lies–to me.