#trump’s answers during the #Presidential debate were incoherent at best. Whenever he was unfamiliar or uncomfortable with a question Trump would often pivot to an unrelated subject, like his son’s expertise with computers when he was supposed to be talking about cyber security in America. Due to his lack of knowledge on national security and race relations, to name a few topics, it was no surprise that Trump resorted to blaming the current administration or presenting false claims in order to fill up his allotted two minutes of speaking time.

Though, in hindsight, Trump’s lies weren’t the only political gaffe he committed that night. It was, in fact, his random admittance of the truth when interrupting #Clinton’s responses.

The housing crash of 2008 was just good business for Trump

Both candidates were required to defend their tax plans and, in general, talk about the economy. Clinton took the opportunity to attack Trump on his view of the housing crisis in 2008. “In fact, Donald was one of the people that rooted for the housing crisis. He said, back in 2006, “Gee, I hope it does collapse, because then I can go in and buy some and make some money.” Well, it did collapse,” she said. Instead of denying the charge, Trump responded with, “That’s called business.” Despite the fact that 5 million people lost their homes, it’s called business.

Trump says that he is “smart” for not paying taxes

Lester Holt questioned Trump on why he hadn’t released his tax returns, saying that the returns would prove that a candidate did not owe money to anyone or have prior business conflicts. “Don't Americans have a right to know if there are any conflicts of interest?” Holt asked. Trump’s response was typical: he would not release his returns until the audit was complete. Holt, however, told Trump that an IRS audit did not prevent one from releasing their returns. Despite his excuse being debunked, Trump insisted that he would release his taxes after the audit.

Then Clinton stepped in, claiming that Trump paid little to nothing in federal taxes; judging from the few returns he handed over to state authorities in order to get a casino license, in the 1970’s. Trump interrupted Clinton by saying, “That makes me smart.” Yes, the fact that he dodged taxes - taxes everyone with less income had paid – makes him smart.

Conclusion

There is no expectation that either candidate will see a high jump in the polls leaving this presidential debate. The media, however, had overwhelmingly reported that Clinton won the debate. Viewers, though, were more split in their response. Both Trump and Clinton’s supporters were satisfied with their candidate’s performance. And the debate did not change independent voters’ views, still undecided and on the fence, for the most part.

As for Trump, his false claims and unintentional admittance of the truth will not hurt him among his core supporters. However, after the debate, he has tried to walk back his comment about being “smart” for not paying federal taxes. It is speculated that the Republican nominee did so because this remark would not pay well with the general electorate, or it may cause additional pressure to be placed upon him to release his tax return.