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While political pundits will debate who won the debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday night, numerous people have already interfered on social media. But it was also clear on Twitter that the country would remain divided, as the commentary was split according to party lines.
Many users agreed how different this debate was from the last outing between the two challengers for the highest office in the country. Broadcast journalist Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly), who had previously been very critical of the president, tweeted: “Trump should have brought this version of himself to Debate # 1 and insisted on Debate # 2 channeling that version. His polling numbers will do it. ” Go up.”
However, Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC), an American historian specializing in the United States Presidency, suggested that Thursday it actually be Joe Biden’s night and tweeted, “Biden seems to be enjoying this debate – Trump not.”
Of course, President Trump had the expected humorous confrontation with the left, and former MSNBC comment Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) suggested that “whatever Trump took before the debate began” by the end of the first hour of the debate . “
Comedian and former US Senator Al Franken (@alfranken) was perhaps one of the bluntest commentators on Thursday and simply tweeted, “I really hate Trump #debate.”
While Thursday night’s debate lasted no longer than it had in the past, some of those watching from home would have thought otherwise. Commenting on thoughts normally reserved for annual Oscar ceremonies, comedian Sarah Silverman (@SarahSilverman) suggested, “Even Scorsese thinks this debate should be shorter # Debates2020”
Then there was the elephant in the room – and not the GOP mascot – but that two white men had such a fiery debate about race in America in the 1970s. This was noted by interdenominational spokesperson and Newsweek contributor Heather Thompson Day (@HeatherTDay), who tweeted, “I’m not going to lie. It’s a high point when two white men argue about who did more for the black community and then just talking about who let more of us out of jail. “
Instead of the topics of the evening, there was also extensive discussion on social media about how angry the former Vice President was at times. Some saw it as a grumpy old man’s rant, while others saw the struggle in the candidate looking after the worker.
At the user, @JosiahRises simply asked bluntly, “Why is Biden so angry right now?”
Of course, the Young Republican National Federation (@yrnf) showed its support for the president and tweeted, “Joe Biden looks very angry and confused. By comparison, @realDonaldTrump is cool, calm and collected.”
Sharing these thoughts, conservative activist and writer Charlie Kirk (@ charliekirk11) noted, “Joe Biden’s stamina is rapidly deteriorating and he’s getting more and more incoherent and angry.”
The left didn’t see anger or confusion, however, but again someone ready to roll up their sleeves and fight the good fight. That included Joshua Geltzer (@jgeltzer), founding director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, who also noted the president was also angry: “Trump gets angry when his own integrity is questioned. Biden gets angry when the American one People’s integrity is being called into question. I like the second look. It’s presidential election. “
Video game designer Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) agreed, noting, “Biden is at his best when he’s angry. Stay angry Joe. # BidenHarris2020Landslide”
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich (@RBReich) also saw passion, not anger, and tweeted, “Biden is more passionate tonight than in any debate I’ve seen. His passion stems from his outrage over what Trump did to America . “
Other Twitter users just liked Joe Biden angry. That included Crystal Ballinger (@CandidCrystal) who replied to another Twitter user and remarked, “I’ve never seen Biden this mad. I love it.”
What about Hitler?
The vice president was also asked to make a questionable comparison of North Korea and Nazi Germany, which the Axios team (@axios) approached directly by quoting the two candidates: “Trump on relationship with Kim Jong-un:” Good relations with leaders of others Countries are a good thing. ‘Biden: “That means we had a good relationship with Hitler before he actually invaded Europe.”
Conservative radio host Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) was quick to say, “Did Joe Biden just say we’ll have a good relationship with Hitler one day? No, we don’t, Joe.”
Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) was far more blunt in her follow-up tweet, “Biden: Babblebabblebabble HITLER babblebabble”.
Ms. Malkin was called loudly @BernadetteChgo and suggested: “Trump: Lielielielielielielie wiggles her hands Lielielielielielielielie”
Other shout outs
Then there were other notable comments on social media that went beyond the non-partisanship that was so widespread on Twitter Thursday night.
Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks), American sports journalist and broadcaster, did not share her thoughts on either candidate and instead tweeted, “A big thank you to Kristen Welker for moderating this debate. Not an easy task and she is doing it Professionalism and control. Leave space, but don’t allow chaos. A professional! “
Finally, Kara Swisher (@karaswisher), American tech business journalist and co-founder of Recode, likely summed up what many of us watching at home were probably feeling – or wishing we had: “I’m not watching the debate, and I am feel great watching tweets is much better than watching a horror movie with your eyes closed on the couch. “