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At last night's presidential debate, Hillary Clinton speculated why Donald Trump hasn't released his tax returns.

"First, maybe he's not as rich as he says he is. Second, maybe he's not as charitable as he claims to be. Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing federal taxes," Clinton said. "Because the only years that anybody's ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn't pay any federal income tax."

Trump responded: "That makes me smart."

On "America's Newsroom" today, Steve Hayes said that Trump walked right into Clinton's "trap" with that response.

"She set him up, and Trump walked right into her trap by saying that he was smart for not paying any taxes," Hayes said. 

He explained that Trump followed that admission with a series of internally contradictory responses, claiming that he couldn't release his tax returns while he was being audited and that he would release them when Clinton released her 30,000 deleted emails.

"It was sort of this mish-mash of excuses," Hayes said. "And rather than turning and pivoting and making an attack on her, he engaged that debate on her terms and I thought lost it badly."

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