Here’s Everything That Happened During The First 2016 Presidential Debate

Live updates from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s face off at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

September 26, 2016
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On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go up against each other for the first of three debates leading up the 2016 presidential election on November 8. Much is at stake for both candidates, as recent national polls show Clinton hanging on to a narrow lead. The debate will begin at 9 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Watch the livestream of the debate here via The Washington Post.

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This post will be updated throughout the event as information becomes available.

Update (8:43 p.m. EST) Rick Rubin is in attendance at tonight's debate.
Update (8:55 p.m.): Bill Clinton and Melania Trump have entered the building.
Update (9:01 p.m. EST): Bernie Sanders is watching the debate at home in Vermont.
Update (9:06 p.m.): Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have taken the stage.


Update (9:17 p.m.): Trump appears to have a case of the sniffles.
Update (9:21 p.m.): Donald Trump addresses Clinton as 'Secretary Clinton,' followed by "I want you to be happy."
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Update ( 9:23 p.m.): Trump claims he "never said" global warming was a hoax.
Update (9:31 p.m.): Donald Trump is on the attack.
Update (9:33 p.m.): Hillary Clinton has a live fact checker on her website.



Update (9:40 p.m.): As Clinton and Trump continue to spar, viewers at home are trying to locate moderator Lester Holt.
Update (9:43 p.m.): According to some counts, Donald Trump has interrupted Hillary Clinton twelve times.
Update (9:45 p.m.): Hillary Clinton on gun control: "We have to tackle the plague of gun violence."



Update (9:49 p.m.): Donald Trump on race relations: "We need law and order."
Update (9:51 p.m.): Trump on crime:
Update (9:52 p.m.): After Trump commends Rudy Giuliani on "stop and frisk" policing:



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Update (10:05 p.m.): Donald Trump on "birtherism."



Update (10:07 p.m.): Big Sean has shared his thoughts on the election.
Update (10:13 p.m.): A flow chart of Trump's thoughts on national security.
Update (10:14 p.m.): YG makes his opinion clear.
Update (10:28 p.m.): Hillary Clinton shares her concerns about Donald Trump's foreign policy.
Update (10:39 p.m.): Hillary Clinton responds to Trump's comments about her lack of "stamina."
Update (10:41 p.m.): Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have exited the stage and the first debate has concluded.
Here’s Everything That Happened During The First 2016 Presidential Debate