Presidential debate memes, reactions: From big masks to Real Housewives

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This story is part of Elections 2020, PJDM’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden went after each other the minute 2020’s chaotic first presidential debate began at Case Western Reserve College in Cleveland Tuesday night time. Moderator Chris Wallace, anchor of Fox Information Sunday, struggled to keep order because the candidates fought for 90 minutes straight over their data, the timing of Trump’s Supreme Court docket nominee, the coronavirus pandemic, the economic system, race and violence in cities and the integrity of the election. 

Struggle night time 

It did not take lengthy for the candidates to start interrupting and speaking over one another, with viewers shortly evaluating the occasion to the notorious fights and finger-pointing that happen on the Actual Housewives actuality TV franchise, particularly throughout reunion exhibits. 

“That is ridiculous,” wrote one Twitter person. “These two are worse than a Actual Housewives battle.’

What’s worse? 

Others tried to think about different issues that may very well be thought-about worse than the chaos enjoying out in actual time. “I’ve been in a automotive crash, that is worse,” wrote one Twitter person.

Largest masks ever

In fact, the coronavirus outbreak got here in for heated debate, with Biden accusing the president of not doing sufficient to guard the nation, and the president at one level saying Biden “exhibits up with the most important masks I’ve ever seen.” The masks remark particularly drew the eye of social media commenters.

“The place can I order the most important masks you’ve got ever seen?” requested one Twitter person.

‘Shut up’

In certainly one of many turbulent moments, Biden turned to the president and requested, “Will you shut up, man?” And that phrase took off on social media.

Even the president’s former opponent, Hillary Clinton weighed in.

The place’s Zoom if you want it?

Many viewers in contrast the night time with an out-of-control Zoom assembly desperately in want of a mute button.

“10 bucks that Chris Wallace requests the subsequent debate to be over Zoom so he can hit the mute button,” wrote one Twitter person.


An prompt ballot by PJDM sister website CBS Information confirmed the overwhelming majority of viewers, 83%, discovered the tone of the controversy to be detrimental, with the most typical response being annoyance, based on the survey. It is honest to say the response to the unprecedented night from some media commentators was equally unprecedented.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper didn’t maintain again. “That was a scorching mess, inside a dumpster fireplace, inside a prepare wreck. That was the worst debate I’ve ever seen,” he stated on the community following the controversy. “The truth is, it wasn’t even a debate. It was a shame.”

Added CNN’s Dana Bash, “I am simply going to say it like it’s. That was a shitshow.”

Tuesday’s debate is the primary of three, with the subsequent occasion on Oct. 15 in Miami, and the third and last presidential debate on Oct. 22 in Nashville. A vice presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris is scheduled for Oct. 7 in Salt Lake Metropolis.

“Cannot imagine there’s two extra of those,” wrote comic and political commentator Invoice Maher. “It is like making a sequel to Cats.”

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Gael Fashingbauer Cooper