A pivotal moment in the first presidential debate between GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton occurred when Clinton admitted that using a private email server was “a mistake.”
But did Trump fully take advantage of the opportunity?
Trump raised the email controversy Monday night when asked about releasing his tax returns, saying he would release them when Clinton released the 33,000 emails she deleted. Clinton acknowledged her poor decision to use a private server was a mistake and while Trump jumped on the admission, the candidate was criticized for not hitting harder.
“That was more than a mistake. That was done purposely. OK?” Trump said in response to his opponent’s mea culpa. “That was not a mistake. That was done purposely. When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment — taking the Fifth so they’re not prosecuted. When you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it’s disgraceful.”
“And believe me, this country thinks it’s — really thinks it’s disgraceful, also.”
Trump would have another prime opportunity when cyber security later came up, but again he did not press to the satisfaction of many.
Among those who took to social media to point this out was Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld. Here’s his response, along with a few others from Twitter:
"how can you take advice on cyber-security from someone who kept a server in her bathroom?" something Trump didn't say
— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) September 27, 2016
Trump did very well in defining Hillary’s failed policies. But missed opportunity in cyber security. Perfect opening to bring up her emails.
— Family for Trump (@TheresaMechele) September 27, 2016
Missed opportunity for Trump to hit Hillary on her lack of security with her e-mails #debates
— Matt Batzel (@MattBatzel) September 27, 2016
— andrea kaye (@andreakayeshow) September 27, 2016
still 100% surprised trump didn’t absolutely destroy Clinton about Benghazi, national security, email scandals, etc.
— alex hurley (@ablairh13) September 27, 2016
Trump didn’t hit Clinton on:
1. Cyber security/private email servers.
2. Russia reset.
3. Libya failure.
4. Iraq war vote.
5. Pay for play.
— Ian McKelvey (@mckelvey_ian) September 27, 2016
Hillary speaking about cyber security (email scandal)
And foreign policy in Libya (where Benghazi is)
Trump doesn’t bring up…
— Bryce Biediger (@biediger_bryce) September 27, 2016
TRUMP YOU DIDN’T EVEN BRING UP CLINTON’S PRIVATE EMAIL DURING A QUESTION ABOUT CYBER SECURITY
— Christina Skyles (@christinaskyles) September 27, 2016
How does Trump not crush cyber security and 1,000’s of email on a personal server?
— travis kaiser (@traviskaiser) September 27, 2016
Why isn’t trump pulling the email card on her right now ? she shouldn’t be able to talk about cyber security
— Wit (@KatWit08) September 27, 2016
Trump missing another oppty to talk about her email server and cyber security. #debatenight
— Kate Obenshain (@kateobenshain) September 27, 2016
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