Welp, there you have it. The final (thank heavens!) presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is over. And damn was it a doozy online and IRL.
Before the debate even started the event lit up Twitter with the hashtag #TrumpDebateGuests (a tag spoofing Trump’s debate guest—the president’s half-brother Malik Obama—by suggesting other possible guests).
The #TrumpDebateGuests for #debatenight will be the other 3 horsemen… pic.twitter.com/NlHkGVJycv
— Commisurbator (@commisurbator) October 19, 2016
His sons Beavis and Butthead #TrumpDebateGuests pic.twitter.com/sTxM3vzSId
— Rishabh Sharma (@im_srishabh21) October 19, 2016
— Meghan Traynor (@MeghanTraynor) October 19, 2016
That was just the was just the warm-up. The tweetstorm started in earnest when the candidates hit the stage, with the twitterverse providing whip-smart reactions to everything from the candidates’ positions on abortion to Trump’s use of the term “bad hombres.” Let’s get started.
America gets ready #debatenight pic.twitter.com/do9jfmeFqa
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 20, 2016
so the third debate is tonight pic.twitter.com/wEzlbxukAD
— Amy Odell (@amyodell) October 19, 2016
I’m going to sum up my excitement for tonight’s debate with a picture of this cat. pic.twitter.com/YpPIxbnwFf
— Brian K Anderson (@Brian_KA) October 20, 2016
A Tweet-By-Tweet Rundown of the Final Presidential Debate
Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News opened by reminding everyone to remain quiet during the debate.
Chris Wallace: it’s okay to hoot and holler during primary season, but this is serious.
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) October 20, 2016
Clinton came out wearing white.
Hillary looking like she got voted admiral of the Battlestar Galactica #DebateNight pic.twitter.com/LZfLpRkZ6l
— Ira Madison III (@ira) October 20, 2016
She’s like Gandalf. https://t.co/pV3tZHHbub
— Anthony Lydgate (@anthonylydgate) October 20, 2016
Hillary is always dressed like the chairman of the council on a Star Trek sequel that votes on whether Captain Kirk is still allowed to fly
— VSB (@VerySmartBros) October 20, 2016
I remember the day @robertkelly and I went shirt shopping with Hillary. #debate pic.twitter.com/savMFd5rfR
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) October 20, 2016
Trump came out looking tired.
Trump looks cute tonight #debatenight pic.twitter.com/ObHBbxXlBj
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) October 20, 2016
Debate moderator Chris Wallace started things off with a question about the Supreme Court. “I feel strongly that the Supreme Court needs to stand on the side of the people,” Clinton said, and defend the rights of women and LGBT people. She called for the court strike down Citizens United. Trump promised to appoint conservative pro-life justices who would defend the Second Amendment.
Right now Trump is trying to remember if he’s trying to picture the audience naked or Ivanka naked? #debate
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 20, 2016
PRAISES! She said Roe v Wade. More, plz.
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 20, 2016
He’s not interrupting. No interruptions so far.
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) October 20, 2016
ABORTION QUESTION! Finish all the booze in your ZIP code!
— Ali Gharib (@Ali_Gharib) October 20, 2016
Trump: We must defend the Constitution, now let’s restrict immigration of an entire religion and recuse all judges of a particular descent.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) October 20, 2016
tfw you’re listening to a man talk about abortion #debatenight pic.twitter.com/dFcgn0W0Jq
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) October 20, 2016
waitwaitwait…. did Trump seriously say he’d overturn Roe v Wade “automatically?” #debatenight pic.twitter.com/CbjYCeTnxs
— WhoHaha (@whohahadotcom) October 20, 2016
I truly believe Trump is running for President so he can rule all pussies #debatenight
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) October 20, 2016
It’s amazing that people think they should have that right to decide what I do with MY BODY! You will not have to live with the decision!
— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) October 20, 2016
Then the topic turned to immigration. Trump repeated his calls to deport undocumented immigrants, repeated all his stereotypes, and concluded by saying, “we’ve got some bad hombres here.” No, really. He did.
I, for one, am looking forward to whatever Twitter does with #badhombres. #debate
— Bonnie Moon (@bonniemoon) October 20, 2016
SNL is just drooling over this #badhombres #debate
— deena markus (@deenamarkus) October 20, 2016
#BadHombres TV show being developed by #Fox as we speak. #debate
— Ty DeMartino (@TytheWriter) October 20, 2016
Is #badhombres the new neologism for #idontwantnoscrubs? #debatenight
— daniella (@ssshhhdani) October 20, 2016
#badhombres, #badhombres, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you? #dumbass #debates #debatenight
— cristina peerenboom (@C_BOOM) October 20, 2016
— Chris Vespoli (@ChrisVespoli) October 20, 2016
— Many Other Functions (@timtheredmenace) October 20, 2016
#BadHombres was the name of my short-lived music group in grade school. #debate #fb
— Zaki Hasan (@zakiscorner) October 20, 2016
Bad Hombres would be a good name for a narcocorrido band. https://t.co/zGvJOaAz1U
— James G. Cobb (@NYCjamescobb) October 20, 2016
Bad Hombres. pic.twitter.com/3YXdz58jvY
— Ben Heller (@benheller) October 20, 2016
Kellyanne Conway for Trump: “Mr. Trump clearly said ‘We’ve got some bad Harambes’ and he’s right. Bigger walls in zoos.” #DebateNight
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) October 20, 2016
“We have some bad hombres here and that’s wrong.” -Trump #debatenight pic.twitter.com/zHGDvHTvFP
— BitchMedia (@BitchMedia) October 20, 2016
#badhombres @barstoolsports @BarstoolBigCat @stoolpresidente pic.twitter.com/hibKwag9gl
— Nick Commesso (@NickCommesso) October 20, 2016
Is this from the “Hombre” collection #debatenight https://t.co/j581y4Qkfg
— Hal Sparks (@HalSparks) October 20, 2016
hombre:🚶 a man
ombré: 🌈 having colors or tones that shade into each other #debatenight
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 20, 2016
— ROOM 39 (@iamTROX) October 20, 2016
Wait. Rewind. Did that racist just say “bad hombres”?
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) October 20, 2016
During the discussion of nuclear weapons, Trump said people have “no respect” for Clinton. She responded that Trump would “rather have a puppet for president.” In a truly childish exchange, he replied, “You’re the puppet.”
Technically, they’re both right. We’re ALL puppets…of our desires
— donni saphire (@donni) October 20, 2016
Trump says he never met Putin — here’s footage of when he said the opposite https://t.co/hF2J5CPYCG pic.twitter.com/FUSaO6Qdst
— BI Defense (@BI_Defense) October 20, 2016
“You’re the puppet!”
“No you’re the puppet!”#debatenight pic.twitter.com/4DUGfkOzw3
— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) October 20, 2016
“No, you’re the puppet!” – Trump’s unofficial campaign slogan
— Samhita-lo (@TheSamhita) October 20, 2016
— Marisa Kabas (@MarisaKabas) October 20, 2016
— Amy Webb (@amywebb) October 20, 2016
Wallace then asked the candidates about their fitness to be president. He raised the many allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault women have leveled at Trump in recent weeks. Trump of course made the question about Clinton, saying that her campaign has encouraging violence at his rallies. And then of course he made himself the victim. “I think they either want fame,” he said of the women, “or her campaign did it.”
.@realDonaldTrump says he didn’t apologize 2 his wife because he “didn’t do anything.” His wife told @AC360 that he did apologize! #debate
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) October 20, 2016
“I didn’t even apologize to my wife.”
Hillary HQ furiously cutting this into ads.
— Matt Bors (@MattBors) October 20, 2016
Clinton: “He went after a disabled reporter. Mocked him on national television.”
2016.#debates #debatenight pic.twitter.com/ck8G5AkTeD
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) October 20, 2016
At one point Trump mentioned that he was watching campaign ads in his apartment at a Trump hotel in Las Vegas, which Clinton interjected was “made with Chinese steel.” Twitter loved that.
“…made with Chinese steel” #debates #debatenight #debates2016 pic.twitter.com/wZHyL9WcTa
— DCHomos (@DCHomos) October 20, 2016
MADE WITH CHINESE STEEL #debates pic.twitter.com/XNC0Y7bo1L
— DB (@davalyns) October 20, 2016
“Made with Chinese steel.”
Hahahahahaha Hillary soooo wanted to say “Burrrrrn” after that.
— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) October 20, 2016
Responding to how he handled his business, Trump interjected that if Clinton didn’t like it she should have changed the laws that allowed it to happen while she was in the Senate.
“if you don’t like what i did, you should have changed the law”
Trump as bad as you let me be
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) October 20, 2016
Trump still seems to think being a senator means unilateral power.
— Irin Carmon (@irin) October 20, 2016
SENATORS👏🏽 CANT 👏🏽SINGLE 👏🏽HANDEDLY 👏🏽CHANGE 👏🏽THE 👏🏽FUCKIN👏🏽 LAW #debates
— Krystal (@thekrissychula) October 20, 2016
Wallace also asked Clinton and Trump if they would accept the outcome of the election—a question that seemed intended to make Trump talk about his recent comments about the election being “rigged.” Twitter had its own ideas.
The loser of this election should have to do the walk of shame, Game of Thrones style.
— Derek Powazek (@fraying) October 20, 2016
During the foreign issues debate, Trump brought up the recent WikiLeaks release of emails allegedly from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, noting Podesta said unfavorable things about Clinton.
Trump: “I’ve seen the emails, Podesta called you a virgin who can’t even drive.”
— delrayser (@delrayser) October 20, 2016
The final social media talking point of the night came as the result of one of Trump’s 12 interjections while Hillary was speaking. Speaking of her Social Security plan, Clinton made a dig at Trump’s and he immediately responded “such a nasty woman.” Twitter immediately jumped on that—often with Janet Jackson references.
“Such a nasty woman.” #Debate pic.twitter.com/Yjzlhmfs4v
— The Daily Dot (@dailydot) October 20, 2016
As she gives her answer on Obamacare, he interjects “such a nasty woman” out of the blue. She totally ignores it & goes on.
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) October 20, 2016
“Such a nasty woman.” HE SAID IT. #debate
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) October 20, 2016
Trump has no filter: “such a nasty woman!”
— Tim Dickinson (@7im) October 20, 2016
i’m a nasty woman.
— Aidy Bryant (@aidybryant) October 20, 2016
MISS CLINTON IF YA NASTY
— TrickorTracy Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) October 20, 2016
“No one respects women more than I do.”
15 minutes later
“Such a nasty woman.” pic.twitter.com/AE2JTt9SuX
— Amok amok amok amok (@JillPantozzi) October 20, 2016
CLINTON’S MIND (singing):
I’LL BE YOUR NASTY GURLLLL
AND I’M-A RUN THE WORLD pic.twitter.com/UfLT3lRZ4L
— Ross Miller (@ohnorosco) October 20, 2016
Nasty Women 4 Her
— Ellie Shechet (@ellieshechet) October 20, 2016
If you need a little pick me up after the debate, here’s a koala with a butterfly #debatenight pic.twitter.com/JUtoTxsmGC
— Erica K. Landau (@ericakland) October 20, 2016
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