While the top two contenders for the White House faced each other directly in a town-hall styled debate on Sunday (Monday 6.30am to 8.30am IST), Twitter had a busy time churning out opinions, rants and wits from people with their eyes on screen and fingers on a smartphone.
Republican Donald Trump seemed more composed and calm in this debate than his previous encounter with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. While on most points Hillary had specific responses to issues, Donald, in his signature style, gave some big blows to Secretary Clinton during the one-hour thirty-minute debate.
First things first, what’s happening in the US:
Trump is running for president.— Pranav (@pranavsapra) October 10, 2016
Hillary is running for president.
America is running from both.#PresidentialDebate
So who was the winner in this duel?
There were some low blows as usual but in all fairness I think he won the debate, #PresidentialDebate— JWa. (@JudineW) October 10, 2016
Speaking is difficult for me. But come January, I want to say these two words: "Madam President." #debate— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) October 10, 2016
Here are some of the best and outstanding Twitter reactions to the second debate:
OK. So why we are doing this? Here, he said it:
The best thing about this #PresidentialDebate is the fodder it gives for witty comments on twitter. Reading that makes it all worthwhile..— Eoin Macken (@eoincmacken) October 10, 2016
The two US presidential candidates talked a lot about everything, from the Donald’s “lock room banter” to Hillary’s emails leaked by WikiLeaks. And for everything, tweeters had something to say:
That was not a successful #PresidentialDebate for either candidate, I must say. Lots of nastiness, not a whole lot of conceivable policy.— Erin ???? (@err_bear8) October 10, 2016
Let's be clear: a candidate for president promised to put his opponent in jail if he wins. Everything else is secondary.— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 10, 2016
I'm a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri. #debate— Moustafa Bayoumi (@BayoumiMoustafa) October 10, 2016
The problem, here, is that you can't have a rational debate with a person who is not rational. #PresidentialDebate— Warren Kinsella (@kinsellawarren) October 10, 2016
Sadly, most of America is watching the debate right now to see what snapchat filters look funniest on Donald Trump. 😂 #PresidentialDebate— Big Homie Abdi (@bighomieabdi) October 10, 2016
It was so much frustrating as this for someone:
And this sums it all:
When this one got bored of listening to both of them, he noticed this:
Are those flies flying around 😂 #PresidentialDebate— Tamra Judge (@TamraBarney) October 10, 2016
He too saw some:
I'm trying to figure out if it was a sign or if maybe were supposed to vote for the fly 🤔#PresidentialDebate— Laura VanWinkle (@JUSTFINFAB) October 10, 2016
This season of "United States" is awesome, I cant wait for the week of elimination. #PresidentialDebate— Luis Manuel Cascante (@lcascante89) October 10, 2016
Towards the end of the debate, the candidates were asked to name one positive thing that they respect in one another.
Hillary Clinton said “I respect his kids, though I do not agree on what all he says or does”. Trump on the other hand acknowledged her fighting power: “She doesn’t quit, she doesn’t give up. I respect that. I tell it like it is. She’s a fighter... she does fight hard and she doesn’t quit and I consider that to be a very good trait.”
What an ending #presidentialdebate— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) October 10, 2016
So who do you vote for?