In their first presidential debate of the 2016 election Monday night, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had a face-off on several topics including jobs, the economy and racism. The Republican nominee (as expected) lashed out at Clinton over her email controversy and her support for trade deals, whereas the former secretary of state condemned her rival’s sexist remarks and his bankruptcies.
When asked about his tax returns, Trump said: “I will say this. We have a situation in this country that has to be taken care of. I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer’s wishes — when she releases her 33,000 e-mails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release.”
During the 90-minute debate, the Democratic presidential nominee again apologized for using a private email server while she was the secretary of state.
Meanwhile, politicians, journalists and celebrities took to social media for their commentary on the debate.
Former Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attacked Clinton saying that if she is elected president, “our future will continue on the same path that is hurting millions of Americans.” He also praised Trump’s debate performance as the “strongest” so far in the election cycle.
“If Clinton is elected, we know that the havoc Obamacare is wreaking on American families, on small businesses, and on our healthcare system will continue. We know that President Obama’s relentless efforts to crush the oil and gas industry and to wage war on coal will continue. We know that the Obama administration’s willful blindness to radical Islamic terrorism and the influx of unvetted refugees from nations infiltrated by terrorists will continue. We know that President Obama’s lawless executive amnesty will continue and even expand,” Cruz said, in a statement posted on Facebook.
“Rather than Hillary's America, we need to take a different path. A path that would begin to restore our country from the damage it has suffered the last eight years. We need to unite to defend freedom and restore the Constitution. And Hillary Clinton made absolutely clear tonight she would not do so,” Cruz concluded.
However, ex-presidential candidate for the president, Bernie Sanders, hit out at Trump’s tax policies.
Vice President Joe Biden said Clinton is ready to lead the nation.
For television and radio host Larry King, the debate was “sprightly.”
Canadian Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel had something to say about the 70-year-old real estate mogul.
Actress Lena Dunham praised Clinton.
Comedian Bill Maher took a jibe at Trump’s comments on Iraq.
Clinton tweeted the debate results.
So did “Hardball with Chris Matthews” show.
But, Trump had different number.