Nearly 19 million people on Facebook were talking about the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Monday night.The 90 minutes that the two candidates were on stage generated 73.8 million likes, posts, comments and shares, according to numbers provided by Facebook Tuesday. Most of those discussions were about taxes, ISIS, racial issues and the economy.
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According to Facebook, 79 percent of the conversations were about Trump while 21 percent were focused on Clinton.
During the debate, Trump repeated his ultimatum that he would release his tax returns if Clinton released the 30,000 emails that were reportedly deleted when she was secretary of state.
“I will release my tax returns — against my lawyer’s wishes — when she releases her 33,000 emails that had been deleted,” Trump told the crowd at Hofstra University.
Clinton speculated that Trump must be hiding something.
“First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is; second, maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be; third, we don’t know all of his business dealings, but we have been told through investigative reporting that he owes about $650 million to Wall Street and foreign banks — or maybe, he doesn’t want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he’s paying nothing in federal taxes,” Clinton said.
“When you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth [Amendment], I think it’s disgraceful and believe me, this country thinks it’s disgraceful,” Trump shot back.