Debate Update: Donald Trump Didn't Call Out Bill Clinton's "Transgressions" Because Chelsea Clinton Was There

Also, Bill Clinton isn't running for president, so....

Donald Trump
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had their first debate (opens in new tab) last night, and it was super fun and not at all tense. Especially for Bill Clinton, who spent the evening like this:

Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton listening to Donald Trump

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Speaking of the former president, if you're wondering why Trump didn't bring up his favorite topic—AKA Bill Clinton's cheating scandal—it's because, allegedly, Chelsea Clinton was in the room.

"Everything I wanted to say I got out, except for the transgressions of Bill," Trump said (opens in new tab) post-debate. "I'm very happy that I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton, and I just didn't want to say what I was going to say."

Chelsea Clinton and Hillary Clinton

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Right, because Chelsea's presence is the only reason not to bring up this topic. Never mind the fact that Bill's "transgressions" have zero to do with Hillary's ability to run the country...

Also, did Trump really hold back on throwing shade at the debate? Not according to this quote from behind the podium: "I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family. And I said to myself I can't do it. I just can't do it. It's inappropriate, it's not nice."

Soooo...this is the IRL equivalent of a subtweet, yes?

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Mehera Bonner
Mehera Bonner

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.