Last night's debate between presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was predicted to be one of the most-watched debates in history. It ended up pulling in close to 50 million viewers, up 20 percent from 2012's debates.
Donald looked really bad after Clinton went after him for not releasing his tax returns.
"There is something he is hiding," said Clinton. "Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax."
Trump was not only perceived as the loser of the debate, but he also broke the rules, not unlike other debates in his past. He had to be reined in multiple times after interrupting Clinton during her allotted two-minute responses. He also peppered in jabs and repetitions of the word "wrong" while she was speaking, which ended up making him look bad.
By now, many Americans are aware of the income inequality that our country faces. Trump's "trickle down" economic plan, where those at the top are given tax breaks in the hopes they will create jobs for those at the bottom, made him sound out of touch with the American people and their needs.
One of Clinton's long-standing jabs against Trump is his temperament and inability to hold back. "A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons," said Clinton via Twitter. Donald proved this time and time again during last night's debate. At one point, the businessman claimed that Hillary Clinton had been fighting ISIS for thirty years...which is impossible.
Something was brought to light in last night's debate that hasn't been a mainstream topic so far in this election: Trump is notorious for stiffing people he contracts to work for him. Architects, painters and other employees all have this claim. What's worse, though, is that Trump also benefitted off of the housing crash in 2008, boasting, "That’s called business, by the way."
Clinton didn't go unscathed. She was caught in a couple of lies and looked bad defending her position on TPP. However, when she was pressed about her email scandal, she accepted blame and gave an apology.