‘Sign On With the Devil’ and Other Stunning Debate Soundbites


Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did a lot of talking during Sunday night’s second presidential debate. Here’s just a few of the soundbites that have everyone else talking still.

Trump on the comments he made in an 11-year-old Access Hollywood video.
“I don’t think you understood. This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it. I apologize to my family. To the American people. Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.”

Clinton responds to the same video.
“You know, with prior Republican nominees, for president, I disagreed with them. Politics, policies, principles. But I never questioned their fitness to serve. Donald Trump is different.”

Trump on the moderators.
“So, she’s allowed to do that, but I’m not allowed to respond. Sounds fair.”

Trump on Bill Clinton.
“If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse, mine are words, his was action. This is what he has done to women. There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women, so you can say any way you want to say it, but Bill Clinton was abusive to women.”

Clinton responds to Trump’s comments about her husband.
“Instead of answering people’s questions, laying out the plans we have that make a better life and a better country. That’s his choice. When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what my friend, Michelle Obama, advised us all. When they go low, you go high.”

Trump on why Clinton shouldn’t want him as president.
“Because you’d be in jail.”

Clinton on her use of a private email server.
“I’ll repeat it because I want everyone to hear it. That was a mistake and I take responsibility. For using a personal e-mail account. Obviously, if I were to do it over again, I would not. I’m not making any excuses. It was a mistake.”

Anderson Cooper, telling Trump not to interrupt.
“Please allow her to respond. She didn’t talk while you talked.”

Trump on his reaction to seeing Bernie Sanders endorse Clinton.
“I was so surprised to see him sign on with the devil.”

Clinton on her urge to fact-check Trump throughout the debate.
“I told people it would be impossible be fact checking all the the time — I’d never get to talk about anything I want to do or how we’re going to make lives better for people.”

Trump on his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
“The Muslim ban is something that, in some form, has morphed into extreme vetting. It’s called extreme vetting.”

Trump on his running mate, Mike Pence’s position on Syria.
“He and I haven’t spoken and I disagree.”

Clinton on Trump’s tax returns.
“We should demand that will Donald release all of his tax returns so that people can see what are the entanglements and the financial relationships.”

Trump on personally avoiding taxes.
“Of course I do. I understand the tax code better than anybody that’s ever run for president.”

Clinton on what she respects about Trump.
“I respect his children. His children are incredibly able and devoted, and I think that says a lot about Donald. I don’t agree with nearly anything else he says or does, but I do respect that, and I think that is something that as a mother and her grandmother, is very important to me.”

Trump on what he respects about Clinton.
“She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She is a fighter. I disagree with much of what she is fighting for. I do disagree with her judgment in many cases, but she does fight hard and she doesn’t quit and she doesn’t give up and I consider that to be a very good trait.”

Even Abraham Lincoln was brought into the fray.

After Clinton referenced being influenced by the Stephen Spielberg-directed film, Lincoln, Trump said:
“She lied, and now she’s blaming the lie on the late great Abraham Lincoln. Honest Abe never lied. That’s the big difference between Abraham Lincoln and you.”


Twitter, of course, had some fun with that one.

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