“Nasty Woman” and “Bad Hombre” handles appeared on Twitter Wednesday night after the Las Vegas debate, and moderator Chris Wallace proved that objective journalists still walk among us as he posed important questions which required two big league rivals to either answer or pivot quickly on embarrassing video clips or recently dislodged WikiLeaks emails.
Also watching the Las Vegas debate, and subsequently reacting in the Twitter universe, some had nothing but praise for moderator Chris Wallace, as a Business Insider tweet shows.
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) October 20, 2016
Twitter lit up with voters watching the debate. “Nasty woman” and “bad hombre” were special favorites.
— terisaylor (@terisaylor) October 20, 2016
Another user watching the Las Vegas debate tweeted this question:
— Rodrigo Fabres (@rodrigofabres) October 20, 2016
There were many good moments for voters to better understand important positions of these two rivals during the third and final Las Vegas debate, as this following question on immigration perhaps will show. It elicited the “bad hombre” remark from Trump, per the transcript from Time posted online, and he mentioned the four mothers in the Las Vegas debate crowd “…whose children have been killed, brutally killed by people that came into the country illegally.”
Then Trump added the wall idea.
“Now, I want to build the wall. We need the wall. And the Border Patrol, ICE, they all want the wall. We stop the drugs. We shore up the border. One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, all of the bad ones — we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out. We’re going to get them out; we’re going to secure the border. And once the border is secured, at a later date, we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out.”
Trump also answered on how “unfair” it is to people who are waiting in line for years already.
“Well, first of all, she wants to give amnesty, which is a disaster and very unfair to all of the people that are waiting on line for many, many years. We need strong borders.”
And tossed in the point that there is a big American drug problem.
“Drugs are pouring in through the border. We have no country if we have no border. Hillary wants to give amnesty. She wants to have open borders. “
Clinton never used the word “amnesty” in this important Las Vegas debate answer. Rather, she brought up the concerns of children who worry that their parents “might be deported” if they were not born in this country.
“Well, as he was talking, I was thinking about a young girl I met here in Las Vegas, Carla, who is very worried that her parents might be deported, because she was born in this country but they were not. They work hard, they do everything they can to give her a good life.”
Clinton added this.
“We have 11 million undocumented people. They have 4 million American citizen children, 15 million people. [Trump] said as recently as a few weeks ago in Phoenix that every undocumented person would be subject to deportation. Now, here’s what that means. It means you would have to have a massive law enforcement presence, where law enforcement officers would be going school to school, home to home, business to business, rounding up people who are undocumented. And we would then have to put them on trains, on buses to get them out of our country.”
And then Clinton stated that she has been for “border security for years.”
“I have been for border security for years. I voted for border security in the United States Senate. And my comprehensive immigration reform plan, of course, includes border security. But I want to put our resources where I think they’re most needed: Getting rid of any violent person. Anybody who should be deported, we should deport them.”
She then slammed Trump because he went to Mexico to meet the Mexican president, and said he “didn’t even raise” the issue of building the wall.
The Las Vegas debate also yielded this “nasty woman comment.”
Moderator Wallace asked Clinton about Social Security and Medicare, saying these programs “are going to run out, the trust funds are going to run out of money. Will you as president entertain — will you consider a grand bargain, a deal that includes both tax increases and benefit cuts to try to save both programs?”
Clinton began her answer and then Trump interjected his comment.
“Well, Chris,” said Clinton, “I am on record as saying that we need to put more money into the Social Security Trust Fund. That’s part of my commitment to raise taxes on the wealthy. My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s, assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it. But what we want to do is to replenish the Social Security Trust Fund…”
“Such a nasty woman,” said Trump.
Hillary Clinton greets supporters Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen after the third presidential debate in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. [Image by Mark Ralston/Pool via AP Images]
And another interesting moment where the two tangled, trying to trip each other up while answering, was this subsequent point by Clinton and Trump’s interjection of his own truth.
“And I’ll say something about the Affordable Care Act,” said Clinton, “which he wants to repeal. The Affordable Care Act extended the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund. So if repeals it, our Medicare problem gets worse. What we need to do is go after…”
“Your husband disagrees with you,” interjected Trump.
Earlier, Trump had replied that he believed “the disaster known as Obamacare” was hurting people.
“Repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. It’s destroying our country. It’s destroying our businesses, our small business and our big businesses. We have to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Things would get worse for people next year, he said.
“You take a look at the kind of numbers that that will cost us in the year ’17, it is a disaster. If we don’t repeal and replace — now, it’s probably going to die of its own weight. But Obamacare has to go. It’s — the premiums are going up 60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent. Next year they’re going to go up over 100 percent.”
Clinton’s point was that she had a plan for decreasing costs and increasing value while emphasizing “wellness.”
Watching the Las Vegas debate at home, it all seemed so magical that she had a plan that could do such a thing, but as Trump had pointed out earlier, Clinton has been in politics for a long time.
“Let me ask a simple question. She’s been doing this for 30 years. Why the hell didn’t you do it over the last 15, 20 years?”
In the end, both Clinton and Trump made one-minute appeals to gain the trust of the American people, per this YouTube video and final remarks from the Las Vegas debate.
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