On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went head to head for the first Presidential Debate of the 2016 election. Lester Holt moderated, and while the audience was told to remain quiet (a rule they did not always follow…) Twitter was ablaze with commentary. Check out the following selection of tweets from the big night to see what everyone thought about the issues, the candidates, and the election!
1. Desperation and fear
Pretty sure I've seen traumatizing internet videos that have given me more faith in humanity than this presidential debate. #debates
— Ryan Lightbody (@Lightbody08) September 27, 2016
— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) September 27, 2016
Need to pick my poison for this debate. Vodka? Tequila? Wine? Xanax? All three? #debates
— Logan Levkoff, Ph.D. (@LoganLevkoff) September 27, 2016
2. How do we create more jobs?
— CindeRello (@JessPaige_420) September 27, 2016
— Willie W.♌ (@xtra_will_e) September 27, 2016
this single prong approach of BROWN PPL RUINED OUR ECONOMY is so boring I'M BORED W/ U DON #debates
— k (@ykazza) September 27, 2016
3. Clean energy
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) September 27, 2016
Hillary needs to visit Toronto if she thinks green energy creates jobs and helps the economy. Rest in peace Toronto middle class. #debates
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) September 27, 2016
Trump believes in all forms of energy. Especially hot air#debates
— B.C.Z. (@brizapatap) September 27, 2016
4. THIS IS ALREADY VERY STRESSFUL TO WATCH
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) September 27, 2016
30 minutes in. This is horrible. #Debates
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) September 27, 2016
He's already yelling. This is going to be a long night. #Debates
— deray mckesson (@deray) September 27, 2016
5. Where are Trump’s tax returns?
— Toby Muresianu (@tobymuresianu) September 27, 2016
Did Trump just say that NOT paying your taxes is SMART? Is he really encouraging people to stop paying taxes? O_O #Debates
— Hannah Hart (@harto) September 27, 2016
Trump issues challenge to Clinton: I'll release my taxes when Clinton released her 30,000 deleted emails (while pointing at her) #debates
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) September 27, 2016
— Baratunde (@baratunde) September 27, 2016
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) September 27, 2016
Trump says that African-Americans have never had it worse. Maybe he’s talking about Lester Holt having to run this shitshow #Debates
— Mary McCormack (@marycmccormack) September 27, 2016
7. No, seriously, we need to talk about racism
"I think implicit bias is a problem for everyone, not just police." Wow. It's like watching Hillary dodge bullets in slow motion. #debates
— CQ (@coketweet) September 27, 2016
African-Americans don't only live in "inner cities." #debates
— T. Denise Anderson (@thesoulstepford) September 27, 2016
— Zach Haller (@zachhaller) September 27, 2016
8. Are we still seriously still talking about Obama’s birth certificate?
"Nobod was caring much about it."
BECAUSE THE REST OF US KNOW HE WAS BORN HERE, DUMMY #debates
— Kate Spencer (@katespencer) September 27, 2016
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) September 27, 2016
No "birth certificate" scare until we got a black president. No "health" scare until a woman. And no tax returns from a con artist. #debates
— Chris Rocky (@chrisrockyoz) September 27, 2016
9. Cyber security
LESTER: Let's talk about cyber warfare
TRUMP: Computer users are fat#debates
— Insignificant Other (@ElleOhHell) September 27, 2016
— Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) September 27, 2016
Trump talks about cybersecurity like he's in an episode of Law and Order from 1997. #debates
— Trae Crowder (@traecrowder) September 27, 2016
Take a shot for every time Hillary blames Bush.
— #NeverHillary (@ScottPresler) September 27, 2016
"If we took the oil there'd be no ISIS." If we killed every civilian there'd be no ISIS, but unfortunately war crimes are illegal #debates
— Ben Clark (@Bean__Clark) September 27, 2016
but is anyone gonna talk about the home grown terror of the dylann roof variety? or nah. #debates
— Bim aka Yung Jollof (@bimadew) September 27, 2016
11. The not-so-silent audience
"I have a much better temperament than Clinton has." — Trump
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) September 27, 2016
"I have a much better temperament" than Hillary, Donald Trump says.
— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) September 27, 2016
— Dr Kelly Sennholz (@MtnMD) September 27, 2016
12. Nuclear weapons
"I would not do [nuclear] first strike" well that's … good I guess. #debates
— Seth Brake (@SethDBrake) September 27, 2016
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton is literally taking a moment to reassure the world we're a sane country. Think about that. #debates
— Henry Melcher (@henrymelcher) September 27, 2016
13. Is Lester Holt OK?
— Brent Black (@brentalfloss) September 27, 2016
Holt is going so far out his way to be "fair" to Trump that he's unfairly letting him walk all over him. #Debates
— Ravi V. Patel (@showmetheravi) September 27, 2016
Lester! Punch somebody! #debates
— Chris Ross (@mestasenesta) September 27, 2016
14. Who won?
omg hillary is incredible tonight. INCREDIBLE. calm, steady, strong, powerful, PRESIDENTIAL. she is ready for white house. #debates
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) September 27, 2016
— Matt Forney (@basedmattforney) September 27, 2016
90 minutes of hardly any actual substance and still no good ideas of how to help this great country we call home. #Debates
— Shaun Mattson (@shaunmatts) September 27, 2016
15. How is the audience doing?
— Andre Meadows (@BlackNerd) September 27, 2016
For the next debate, let's just get drunk and do coloring books…#debates
— Jessica Hysong (@notjessagain) September 27, 2016
— Jessica (@jesikaaa25) September 27, 2016
See you again in October!