Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has labelled her Republican rival Donald Trump a “racist” and a “liar” during their first presidential debate on Monday night (US time).
Mr Trump interrupted the Democratic candidate constantly throughout the event, while Ms Clinton generally maintained her composure.
Mr Trump, who frequently interrupted NBC moderator Lester Holt throughout the broadcast, constantly referred to his opponent as “her” and “she” rather than the more formal “Secretary Clinton”.
But despite a sustained barrage of from the Republican throughout the first half of the debate, it wasn’t until the topic of race relations was raised that Ms Clinton displayed some aggression, calling Trump a “racist” and a “liar”.
‘Long record of racist behaviour’
The acrimony began with a question from African American moderator Lester Holt referring to Mr Trump’s claims that President Obama was not born in the United States, and therefore not eligible to be president.
Interrupting Mr Holt, the Republican candidate offered up a confusing, longwinded explanation attempting to implicate Ms Clinton’s ex-campaign manager as the true culprit. He then declared he was “proud” that he had forced Mr Obama to produce his birth certificate in 2011.
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Hilary Clinton jumped at the chance to admonish Mr Trump over over the claims, adding that Mr Trump had been sued multiple times for refusing to allow African Americans into his company’s rental properties.
Trump plugs new business mid-debate
Mr Trump, who declared his “temperament” to be his winning trait at one point in the debate, was criticised by some viewers for using the platform to spruik his new hotel.
Viewers thoroughly enjoyed the “advertisement”, with many questioning its place in a presidential debate.
Nice ad for a Trump hotel in the middle of a PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
— Tim Dowling (@IAmTimDowling) September 27, 2016
Trump’s missing tax returns
Ms Clinton pushed the Republican candidate on his refusal to release his tax return – a tradition upheld by presidential candidates throughout history.
“Maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is,” she said. “Maybe he’s not as charitable as he pretends to be … we’ve been told through investigative reporting that he owes
Mr Trump responded by telling Ms Clinton he would release the information if the Secretary of State released information from her private email server.
— Drew Harwell (@drewharwell) September 27, 2016