In Wednesday night’s presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump refused to say if he’ll accept the results of November’s election.“I will tell you at the time,” Trump told moderator Chris Wallace. “I will keep you in suspense.” The candidate’s support has been declining seriously in the wake of sexual assault allegations against him, but he has been saying for several days that the election is “rigged” against him, by a mix of media bias, voter fraud, and possibly misdeeds by Hillary Clinton’s campaign.“That is horrifying,” Clinton responded. “You know, every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is is rigged against him.” When he had his reality TV show, The Apprentice, he even claimed the Emmy Awards were rigged,” she said.The debate was marked by numerous insults from Trump, saying at one point that his opponent is “such a nasty woman” and that her campaign has incited violence at his rallies and may be behind the sexual assault accusations. And when, at one point, he said Russian President Vladimir Putin has no respect for former Secretary of State Clinton or President Barack Obama, Clinton said, “That’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.” Trump responded, “You’re the puppet.”Wallace’s first question was about Supreme Court appointments, and Clinton went to LGBT rights almost immediately.
“I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the American people, not on the side of the powerful corporations and the wealthy,” said the Democratic nominee. “For me, that means that we need a Supreme Court that will stand up on behalf of women’s rights, on behalf of the rights of the LGBT community, that will stand up and say no to Citizens United [a ruling that lifted some restrictions on campaign spending]. … I feel that at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v. Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say, the Supreme Court should represent all of us.”Trump didn’t discuss LGBT rights in the context of the Supreme Court, but he said, “The justices that I’m going to appoint will be pro-life. They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment.” He also criticized Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for criticizing him.