Stephanie Hallett
September 27, 2016 12:26 pm

There were a lot of scary moments during last night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (*ahem* Trump discussing his “temperament”). But there were also plenty of moments that had us shouting GET THAT WOMAN TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

Despite being repeatedly interrupted, having her character and credentials called into question and being forced to argue with her rival over whether or not she’s been “fighting ISIS her entire adult life” (she hasn’t, for the record), Clinton remained the picture of grace under fire — and she had us rooting for her the whole night.

With that, we’d like to present some of the very best and brightest Clinton moments from the first presidential debate.

1. When Hillz ~*shimmed*~ in response to Trump’s lengthy diatribe about his “winning temperament.”


After Trump went on at length about his qualifications for the presidency, leaving Clinton with many points to respond to, she gave a little shimmy to shake off the icks and move forward.

2. Clinton shutting down Trump’s assertion that she doesn’t have the “stamina” to be president.

*Mic drop*

3. Her many “Jim Halpert from The Office” deadpan moments.


4. Her response to Trump’s economic stimulus plan.


You so punny, girl.

5. Her COME AT ME, BRO kitten heels.

6. This moment of pure slayage.

7. When Trump offered some cavalier words about nuclear war, Clinton had this fearsome comeback.

Trump was asked to comment on the “no-first-use” nuclear debate — which is, in short, when a nation vows not to launch nuclear weapons unless first attacked — and said this: “I’d like everybody to end it, just get rid of it, but I would certainly not do first strike. I think once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over. At the same time, we have to be prepared. I can’t take anything off the table.”

That’s one big fat contradiction, and Clinton called him on it.

8. This throwback to Michelle Obama’s stunning speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Clinton called out Trump’s racist birther crusade against President Obama while hearkening back to one of the most powerful and unforgettable DNC speeches.

9. When Hillz called out Trump for humiliating a Latina Miss Universe winner, Alicia Machado.

Trump commented on Machado’s weight again today, btw. He told Fox News, “She was the winner and, you know, she gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.”


10. When Hillary proved she has the foreign policy and diplomacy know-how to work with other nations.


Her full quote: “Words matter when you run for president. And they really matter when you are president. And I want to reassure our allies in Japan and South Korea and elsewhere that we have mutual-defense treaties and we will honor them. It is essential that America’s word be good.”

Watch out glass ceiling, she’s coming for you.

And while you digest last night’s debate, take a sec to fill out this election survey People magazine put together to see who Time Inc readers are voting for and why. (Bonus: Once you fill out the quick survey, you’ll receive a discount code that will give you 20% off at the People Shop.)