US Election 2016

Five nasty US presidential debate jibes

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at the second presidential debate, 9 August 2016 Image copyright Reuters

The insults hurled during the presidential debate in St Louis, Missouri, make it one of the nastiest ever seen. Here are five of the most vicious jibes.

'I'd put you in jail'

Those Hillary Clinton emails again.

Mr Trump says he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Mrs Clinton's deletion of 33,000 emails held on a private server when she was secretary of state.

Clinton: "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."

Trump: "Because you'd be in jail."

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Media captionDonald Trump says he would investigate US presidential rival Hillary Clinton if he won the election

Clinton's 'emailgate' sliced and diced

Buzzfeed characterises the event as "easily the craziest and most surreal debate in modern history".

'That video is exactly who you are'

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Media captionHillary Clinton was speaking during the second presidential debate

Mr Trump issued his own video on Saturday, denying that the notorious 2005 recording of him making offensive sexual comments about women was the real Donald Trump.

Not so, said Hillary Clinton:

"What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women, what he thinks about women, what he does to women. And he has said that the video doesn't represent who he is.

"But I think it's clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is. Because we've seen this throughout the campaign. We have seen him insult women. We've seen him rate women on their appearance, ranking them from one to 10. We've seen him embarrass women on TV and on Twitter."

New York Times: "Both candidates were visibly uneasy as the 90-minute event unfolded with almost unremitting hostility."

'Hate in her heart'

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Mr Trump steered the topic round to one of Hillary Clinton's campaign low points - her description of Trump supporters as deplorable.

"We have a divided nation, because people like her - and believe me, she has tremendous hate in her heart.

"And when she said deplorable, she meant it. And when she said irredeemable, they're irredeemable, you didn't mention that, but when she said they're irredeemable, to me that might have been even worse."

Could Republicans still dump Trump?

For the Daily Beast: "Donald Trump Goes Full Rage-Monster on Hillary and Bill Clinton."

Trump gets attack in early

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Media captionThe four women who accuse the Clintons say they are voting for Donald Trump

In a sign of what was the come, Mr Trump raked up the Clintons' past during an appearance alongside four women at a nearby hotel, less than two hours before the debate.

The four were:

  • Paula Jones (r) a former Arkansas state employee who settled a sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton for $850,000 in 1999 with no admission of guilt
  • Juanita Broderick (centre-left) who claimed Mr Clinton raped her in a hotel room in 1978, something he denies
  • Kathleen Willey (left), a former White House aide who said Mr Clinton groped her in his office in 1993 - also denied by Bill Clinton
  • Kathy Shelton (in blue). A man who raped her when she was 12 was defended by Mrs Clinton when she was a lawyer. An audio tape emerged years later of Mrs Clinton laughing about the case

Bill Clinton was present at the debate as were the women. Mr Trump said this:

"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."

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Media captionUS election: Trump attacks Bill Clinton

Who won the debate?

"Ugliest debate ever," opines Politico.


And unusually for a presidential debate...

...but despite the vitriol, there was a final pressing of the flesh.

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Media captionTrump v Clinton: Sex, lies and videotape

"Focused Trump trounces Hillary at second testy debate," is the verdict of the New York Post.

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