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Best Tweets Of The Final 2016 Presidential Debate

The last presidential debate may have been the most substantive, but that was thanks to the moderator, not the candidates.

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It has been a long campaign. We have enjoyed (and at times dreaded ) nine Democratic primary debates, twelve Republican primary debates, three general election debates, and even one veep-fest. We’ve learned. We’ve laughed. We’ve cringed. We’ve cursed. And we’ve tweeted.

So, for the final time in 2016, here are the best tweets of the presidential debate!


The debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was moderated by Fox News’s Chris Wallace, who kept things in order from the start.


Wallace started with substantive policy questions. The first was on the composition and duties of the Supreme Court.


Clinton’s answer danced around the issues.


Trump took it more personally, but eventually got to the point.


Wallace continued in a similar vein, asking the candidates about guns and the Second Amendment.


They next addressed the issue of abortion.


So far, things were going well. The candidates were discussing their disagreements in a calm, professional manner.


It had to end.


Although it was an important topic with many Americans, the debates had hardly discussed immigration. Until now.


Clinton turned the conversation from the 1967 Paul Newman film to the effects of mass deportation.


Trump said that Clinton and Obama actually liked deporting people.


(It’s “big league.”) Trump mentioned Clinton’s support of open borders in the WikiLeaks transcripts of her Wall Street speeches. Wallace followed up, and she replied that WikiLeaks was bad.


Clinton insisted that Trump was a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump disagreed.


They turned to taxes, the deficit, and their respective plans for economic growth.


On foreign policy, Clinton noted Trump’s statements casting doubt on our alliances. Trump denied saying them.


Inevitably, the continuing allegations of Trump’s sexual misconduct became an issue.


The Clinton Foundation and its entanglement with the State Department also featured in Wallace’s questioning.


Which inevitably led to questions about the Trump Foundation and Trump’s murky tax situation.


Wallace asked both candidates (but mostly Trump) whether they would abide by the results of the election.


Trump was asked about Aleppo and seemed confused.


Clinton got a question about whether she would enforce a no-fly zone in Syria, even if Russia were the nation to violate it. She hedged, but ultimately answered.


They closed with a question on the increasing national debt, which both candidates promised they would totally reduce.


The closed the debate, and brought this phase of the election to a close, as well. It’s been a hell of a year, and in the final assessment, Rod Dreher speaks for many of us: