Shoring up the Social Security trust fund was not the most obvious topic for slipping in a zinger. But Hillary Clinton found a way.
As Clinton explained during Wednesday night’s final presidential debate how she would raise taxes on the wealthy to help replenish the fund, she made a not-so-veiled reference to reports that her Republican opponent Donald Trump has used tax loopholes to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years.
“My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s assuming he can’t find some way to get out of it,” Clinton said.
At that, Trump leaned into his microphone and muttered, “Such a nasty woman.”
It was but one of the memorable soundbites thrown across the debate stage:
Trump on immigration
“We have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out.”
Clinton on Trump’s meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto
”When it comes to the wall that Donald talks about building, he went to Mexico. He had a meeting with the Mexican president. Didn’t even raise it. He choked, and then got into a Twitter war because the Mexican president said, ‘We’re not paying for that wall.'”
Trump on potentially overturning Roe v. Wade
“Because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states.”
The Trump “big league” that set Twitter chirping
President Obama has moved millions of people out. Nobody knows about it, nobody talks about it. But under Obama, millions of people have been moved out of this country. They’ve been deported. She doesn’t want to say that, but that’s what’s happened, and that’s what happened, big league.
Clinton on Russian President Vladimir Putin supporting Trump
“You continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race. … He’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”
“You’re the puppet. No, you’re the puppet.”
Trump on Putin
“I never met Putin. This is not my best friend.”
Trump on the allegations of sexual assault against him
“I didn’t even apologize to my wife, who is sitting right here, because I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know any of these women. I didn’t see these women. These women, the woman on the plane, I think they want either fame or her campaign did it and I think it’s her campaign.”
Clinton on Trump’s treatment of women
“Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger. He goes after their dignity, their self-worth, and I don’t think there is a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like.”
Trump on whether or not he’d accept a loss in the election and concede
“What I’m saying is that I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense, OK?”
Clinton on Trump’s record of crying ‘rigged’
“He lost the Iowa caucus. He lost the Wisconsin primary. He said the Republican primary was rigged against him. Then Trump University gets sued for fraud and racketeering; he claims the court system and the federal judge is rigged against him. There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him. This is a mindset. This is how Donald thinks. And it’s funny, but it’s also really troubling.”
Clinton on the Trump foundation
“I’d be happy to compare what we do with the Trump Foundation, which took money from other people and bought a six-foot portrait of Donald. I mean, who does that?”
Trump on Clinton’s favorable view of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act
“Your husband disagrees with you.”