Election 2016: Funny And Ultra-Political Moments During The Trump Vs. Clinton Debate

The third of three presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has been the most buzzing topic throughout most major media outlets today. While Clinton, once again, won the CNN poll among debate watchers for a clean sweep, commentators on both sides admitted that Trump had an impressive showing, at least for the first 20-30 minutes. After that, non-temperamental Trump reared its ugly head, and he had to drown his poised, presidential alter-ego.

At this point, many spectators can account this series of debates to be some of the most disappointing, juvenile, and unrelenting showcases between two presidential candidates in the history of the election process.

As a result, one would find more excitement in finding any kind of comic relief during this bickering argument-disguised-as-dialogue. Therefore, here are some funny and ultra-political moments from the third presidential debate.


Ultra-political: “We have come too far to have that turn back now.” — Hillary Clinton, speaking about Roe. v. Wade

Now this is a very touchy subject to many, which is a different article in and of itself. However, let us look at the facts. Roe v. Wade has been in effect for approaching 44 years now. So, technically, me, as well as college-age voters and voters in their 30s and early 40s, has never experienced anything but the legalization of abortion. How is that “coming too far?”

Sure, there have been attempts to amend the 1973 decision, such as the Planned Parenthood v. Casey case which challenged the ruling and sought to have provisions added regarding abortion, but abortion overall has been legal the entire time. At the end, it sounds like typical political rally rhetoric.

Funny: “She doesn’t want to say that, but that’s what has happened and that’s what happened – big league.” — Donald Trump, speaking on President Obama deporting “millions of people”

Was it “big league” or “bigly?” Many media outlets, including USA Today, have addressed this interesting choice of word(s). Along with the constant sniffling, “big league” vs. “bigly” has been a subject of satire throughout several Trump speeches.

In fact, in May, Trump did his typical spiel of how horrible the country is after Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for presidency, and used the term. According to Independent, he stated, “We’re not going to lose, we are going to start winning again and we’re going to win bigly.”

Side note: as I am writing this, the word “bigly” is being underlined in red every time.

Interestingly, “bigly” is indeed a word. It is an adverbial function of big, and is defined by dictionary.com as “huge, immense; bulky, massive; capacious, voluminous; extensive.” So, while I will chuckle every time I say it, I can officially add “bigly” to my vocabulary. The bigger question is: Did Trump even know it was an actual word? I doubt it. Bigly.

Ultra-political: “I never met Putin. This is not my best friend. But if the United States got along with Russia, it wouldn’t be so bad. Let me tell you, Putin has outsmarted her and Obama at every single step of the way… The Russians have said, according to many, many reports, I can’t believe they allowed us to do this. They create warheads and we can’t. The Russians can’t believe it.” — Donald Trump

Simply put: when was it okay to take advice from Russia? Apparently, the adulation that Trump has for Putin, and vice versa, is an incredibly taboo subject. According to Telegraph, Trump has praised Putin as a strong leader. Putin, in turn, has expressed similar sentiments, stating that Trump is “outstanding and talented.”

President Obama, feeling that Trump is completely out of touch with the tension the United States has with Russia, has stated the following.

“Mr. Trump’s continued flattery of Mr. Putin and the degree to which he appears to model many of his policies and approaches to politics on Mr. Putin… is out of step with not just what Democrats think but out of step with what up until the last few months, almost every Republican thought.”

Funny: “Made with Chinese steel.” — Hillary Clinton, speaking on Donald Trump’s apartment in Trump Tower Hotel in Las Vegas

Based on the previous debate, Clinton echoed the words of First Lady Michelle Obama by stating, “When they go low, we go high.” However, there was a breaking point last night, due to constant Trump interruption. Eventually, Clinton was going to go low, and she did. At least it was funny.


Clinton attacked Trump for using illegally dumped steel and aluminum from China to erect many of his buildings, including the Trump Tower in Las Vegas. In addition, she criticized how he has given jobs to Chinese steelworkers, not American steelworkers.

After Trump, once again, commented on how he is taking advantage of the tax system that somehow Clinton should have changed (how?), he boasted about sitting in his apartment. This is when Clinton could not resist, and hurried in the “made with Chinese steel” comment. Even the audience had to laugh on that one.

The debate was indeed quite the sideshow, and does not indicate a bright future for the state of the country.

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