Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is seeking to keep Republican rival Donald Trump on the defensive a day after their first presidential debate, where she accuses him of being a sexist, racist, and a tax dodger. Trump, on the other hand, suggested he would “hit her harder” in the next debate by mentioning her husband’s infidelity.
The New York real estate mogul was yet again marred with controversy over his fresh insults regarding the weight of a former beauty pageant winner, while Clinton maintained the momentum of her forceful debate performance.
In a description to reporters about the debate, she said Trump “was making charges and claims that were demonstrably untrue, offering opinions that I think a lot of people would find offensive and off-putting”.
On the other hand, Trump told attendees at a rally in the battleground state of Florida that “on issue after issue, Secretary Clinton defended the terrible status quo – while I laid out our plan to bring jobs, security, and prosperity back to the American people”.
Monday’s debate between Clinton, who has garnered years of experience, and Trump, running for office for the first time, has drawn a record audience for US Presidential Debates. According to Nielsen, 84 million people watched the debate on US TV, topping that of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan in 1980 which drew 80.6 million viewers.Trump r
Trump praised himself for his restraint from mentioning the extra-marital affair of her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, but nevertheless mentioned he would use it as part of his arsenal in the next debates.
“I may hit her harder in certain ways. I really eased up because I didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings”, Trump said in an interview on the Fox News program “Fox & Friends”.
In addition, he added that he held himself back after Clinton criticized his treatment of women saying: “I was going to hit her with her husband’s women. And I decided I shouldn’t do it because her daughter was in the room”.
Despite this, Trump was also involved in a high-profile affair with Marla Maples while he was still married to his first wife, Ivana Trump. He eventually married and divorced Maples, and is currently married to his third wife Melania Trump.
In the interview with Fox News, he blamed his microphone for his less-than-stellar performance during the debate, saying his microphone “was much lower than hers”.
Clinton told reporters: “Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night”.
Tax Returns and E-mails
Another one of Clinton’s criticisms includes Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns, which US presidential candidates have done in the past, on top of saying that “not paying for Federal taxes is smart” during the debate.
“He actually bragged about gaming the system to get out of paying his fair share of taxes. In fact, I think there’s a strong probability he hasn’t paid federal taxes a lot of years”, she said at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, a key state in the election.
“He probably hasn’t paid a penny to support our troops or our vets or our schools or our healthcare system.”
Meanwhile, Trump complained that issues regarding Clinton’s 2009-2013 tenure as secretary of state had not been addressed on Monday, which includes topics such as the use of private servers for government e-mails, the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, and controversies surrounding the Clinton Foundation Charity.
The candidates are scheduled for two more debates, one on October 9 in St. Louis, Missouri, and the other on October 19 in Las Vegas.