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Best Tweets Of The Second Presidential Debate

Every presidential debate is a lot more tolerable when you’re drinking with your friends and posting quips on Twitter. Right?


This weekend featured scores of Republican officials deserting their presidential nominee, Donald Trump, following the release of a now-infamous 2005 video. The stage was set for the wildest debate yet between him and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Adding to the tension: Trump held a pre-debate press conference with women who accused Clinton’s husband of even worse crimes.

We all knew it was going to get ugly, and some of you tweeted about it. Here are some of the night’s best.

From the beginning, the candidates could barely contain their distaste for one another.

Because this was the town hall-style debate, the first question came from the audience and was about whether the candidates set a good example for America’s children.

The question was clearly a reaction to Trump’s recently disclosed vulgarity. Instead of discussing that, Clinton talked about diversity. Trump mentioned foreign policy.

But the question on everyone’s mind: what is he on?

The moderators directed things back to Trump’s tapes.

After denying it, Trump talked about ISIS instead.

Clinton took the opening offered her.

Trump brought up Hillary’s e-mail problems, too, and the tension in the room could be felt across the country.

As the talk moved to health care, people began to notice the strangeness of the town-hall setting.

A Muslim audience member asked about immigration and Islamophobia.

The moderators asked Clinton about her recently revealed speeches made to Wall Street bankers, including one in which she said politicians’ private and public opinions should be kept separate.

Trump, seeing Clinton faced with a tough question, inexplicably changed the subject to his own income tax problems.

He said he would fix the tax code and Clinton wouldn’t, because the provisions in question all benefit her campaign donors. To which everyone replied:

On Syria, Russia, and Iran, the candidates disagreed with each other.

Trump also disagreed with his running mate, Mike Pence.

Moderator Martha Radditz tagged in to attack Trump as well, for good measure.

An audience member threw both candidates a softball, asking whether they would be a president devoted to all the people.

Trump said he would help everyone. Or something like that.

Clinton also promised to be the president of all the people.

On a question about the Supreme Court, Clinton listed the amendments she would like to see ignored.

Trump praised justices like the late Antonin Scalia.

On energy, Trump held his own, and Clinton’s answer was nearly as jumbled as his.

Finally, a member of the audience asked the weirdest question of the night: after attacking each other for 90 minutes, could you guys say something nice about each other?

They managed, actually.

The debate ended there, on a less vulgar note than expected. Not everyone’s questions were answered.

Some found it disappointing overall.

But, really, one man said it best: