The general election is just 20 days away, and tonight (October 19), the presidential nominees—Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton—met on a stage at University of Nevada, Las Vegas for their final debate. Moderator, and Fox News anchor, Chris Wallace, asked the nominees about their stances on immigration, abortion, Syria, the economy and more.
As in the first two debates, the discourse quickly devolved into pettiness, as both the Democratic and the Republican nominees jockeyed for the upperhand. Here, some of the best—and worst—moments of the night.
Wallace asked Trump if he would accept the results of the election, and rather than agreeing with statements made earlier this week by his running mate and his daughter, he said, “I’ll keep you in suspense.”
TRUMP on whether he'll accept the results of the election: "I'LL KEEP YOU IN SUSPENSE." pic.twitter.com/ESPn2yy541— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 20, 2016
Trump refuses to commit to honoring the results of the election. In a country with 240 years of history of peaceful transitions of power.— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) October 20, 2016
During a discussion about how effective Clinton has been over the course of her career, she went in. “On the day I was in the Situation Room monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting the Celebrity Apprentice.” she said.
Trump has consistently spoken about how China is after American jobs and industry. The nominees traded barbs tonight about Chinese steel that they feel has invaded the market. “I've fought against that as a senator, I stood up against it as secretary of state, Donald has bought Chinese steel and aluminum. The Trump Hotel here in Las Vegas was made with Chinese steel,” Clinton said. When Trump went on to talk about his hotel, Clinton couldn’t help but to interrupt him.
All night, Trump made faces while Clinton spoke and frequently interrupted her to yell, “Wrong.”
"Wrong" https://t.co/ivR6ucUPO6— POLITICO (@politico) October 20, 2016
The conversation basically devolved into a round of “I know you are, but what am I?” when Clinton said, “I think he’s unfit, and he proves it every time he talks.”
After Trump discussed his economic plan, Clinton responded with, “Let me translate that if I can, Chris, because—.” Trump responded: “You can’t.”
The duo got into a heated playground fight about who would be a puppet for Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
Clinton: Well, that's because he'd rather have a puppet as president.
Trump: No puppet, no puppet.
Clinton: And it’s pretty clear --
Trump: You're the puppet.
After earlier insisting that, “Nobody respects women more than me,” the Republican candidate interrupted Clinton’s discussion of social security to call her a “such a nasty woman.” Wow.
Trump to Hillary: "such a nasty woman" pic.twitter.com/2Fb87erPCR— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) October 20, 2016
Moderator Christ Wallace had his very own petty moment at the end of the debate, when he said, “This is the final time, probably to both of your delight, you’re gonna be on the stage together in this campaign.” Peep Clinton’s broad grin.
Chris Wallace: "This is the final time, probably to both of your delight, that you're gonna be on stage together in this campaign" pic.twitter.com/lH1cJR0VCo— POLITICO (@politico) October 20, 2016
They didn’t shake at the beginning, and that didn’t change when it was all said and done.
(Photos from Left: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
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