Only 5 per cent of what Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump says is true, according to the fact checkers Politifact. And yet for months his outspoken comments on race, his business acumen and most of all his rival’s emails has sustained his campaign.
But when the two candidates stood head to head in the first debate, Hillary Clinton was the clear winner. Here are some of her best quotes:
1. Nuclear tweets
“That is the number one threat we face in the world and it becomes particularly threatening if terrorists ever get their hands on any nuclear material. So a man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes as far as I think anyone with any sense should be concerned.”
2. Racist lies
“He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen.”
3. Zero taxes
“Maybe he doesn’t want the American people to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes, because the only years anybody’s ever seen were the couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a a casino licence, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax. So if he’s paid zero, that means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools or health. I think probably he’s not all that enthusiastic about having the rest of our country see.”
4. Pigs and slobs
“This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs. Someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, and has said women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men.”
5. Little guys
“If your main claim to be President of the United States is your business, I think we should talk about that. Your campaign manager said you built a lot of businesses on the backs of little guys. And indeed, I have met a lot of people who were stiffed by your and your businesses, Donald. I’ve met dishwasers, painters, architects, glass installers, marble installers, drapery installers, like my dad was, who you refused to pay when they finished your work that you asked them to do.
“We have an architect in the audience who designed one of your club houses on your golf courses. It’s a beautiful facility it was immediately put to use, and you wouldn’t pay what the man needed to be paid – what he was charging you.
“Do the thousands of people who you have stiffed over the course of your business not deserve some sort of apology?”
4. Negative painter
“It’s really unfortunate that he paints such a dire, negative picture of black communities in our country.”
5. Fact check
Donald Trump: “You’re telling the enemy everything you want to do. No wonder you’ve been fighting Isis your entire adult life.”
Clinton (68): “Please, fact checkers, get to work!”