The Best Reactions From Monday's Presidential Debate
Congratulations. If you're reading this, you've survived the first debate of the 2016 presidential election. It was a contentious debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that was occasionally moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.
The debate was dominated by interruptions, Jim Halpert-style deadpans into the camera and so much sniffling. Here are some of the internet's best reactions to the presidential sparring as it happened in real time.
REMINDER— Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) September 26, 2016
We realize politics can make emotions run high, but being mad at a presidential candidate in a debate is NOT a reason to call 911.
Additionally, drinking games where you drink every time someone says "yuge" leads to binge drinking, and we discourage that strongly— Lawrence Police (@LawrenceKS_PD) September 26, 2016
The Lawrence, Kansas Police Department understood the potential for things to get weird at the debate before things even started.
This is literally a dark timeline version of Leslie Knope v. Bobby Newport from Parks and Rec— Ashly Burch (@ashly_burch) September 27, 2016
Trump: We need Law & Order. Too many have Criminal Intent. Too many are driving SUVs.— Dave Septemberkowitz (@davelozo) September 27, 2016
Holt: You mean SVU?
Trump: You said no fact checking.
Trump: Knock knock.— Robin Thede (@robinthede) September 27, 2016
Hillary: Who's there?
Trump: Interrupting Trump...
Hillary: Interrupting Trump w--
Trump: WRONG! YOU'RE WRONG!
Wait what? Is he talking about building a post office? Is he a bunch of squirrels in a suit? What's happening?— kurt braunohler (@kurtbraunohler) September 27, 2016
And, naturally, Holt did not come out of the night unscathed. He set himself up for some jokes early in the debate when he disappeared for a long time and led people to wonder if he was even still in the building. Thankfully, he returned before Twitter sent out a search party.
As one tweeter reminded everyone, don't worry there are only 42 more days to go.
If watching the debate live somehow wasn't enough for you and you need to know when the next presidential debate is, Thrillist has you covered, along with some insightful analysis.
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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. He holds a Guinness World Record, but has never met the fingernail lady. He’s written for Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, The Rumpus, and other digital wonderlands. Follow him @dlukenelson.