It only took a few minutes for Monday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to move from cordial greeting to hot zone discussions.
And even the debate moderator, Lester Holt, seemed to be thrown in the middle of the melee, after he asked Trump if he would release his taxes, currently the subject of an IRS audit.
Trump’s response? Well, it couldn’t be a happy moment for the mainstream media outlets mostly in the tank for Clinton that were broadcasting the debate.
“I will release my tax returns against my lawyers wishes when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted,” Trump said, as Independent Journal Review noted. “As soon as she releases them, I will release … my tax returns.”
Audience members applauded and shouted, despite facing strict debate rules that required them to remain silent.
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But the high drama wasn’t over just yet.
Holt then turned to Clinton to allow her response. And what she said is sure to score points for the Trump campaign for days to come.
As IJR reported: “Right off the bat, she was apologizing for her emails.”
In fact, Clinton not only apologized but said that if she had it to do over again, she never would have set up a private server in her New York home while secretary of State.
Trump doubled down, calling the server set-up “more than a mistake” and pointing to the various Clinton camp people who’ve since taken the Fifth Amendment before Congress to avoid testimony about what they knew of her emails, and when.
FBI scrutiny of Clinton’s email server has revealed that scores of messages marked classified and sensitive were filtered through her system, leaving America vulnerable to hackers and cyberattacks from foreign entities.
Source: Independent Journal Review