Democratic Debate Jokes & Memes That Hilariously Point Out Just How Strange The Evening Was
Sunday night marked the final Democratic debate before primaries as Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley took a tension-filled stage in Charleston, South Carolina. Clinton and Sanders have been drawing ever closer in the polls, and in recent debates have traded barbs on gun control, healthcare, and electability. Sunday was no different, with topics ranging from Chelsea Clinton, to race, to Wall Street — and Twitter was ready with plenty of perfect Democratic debate jokes and memes that reflected the evening's craziest moments.
"[The candidates tonight are] just yelling at each other about their own idealistic views of the world before riding off on their own separate unicorns," joked one user, remarking on the testy atmosphere inside the NBC News debate auditorium.
Of course, one of the best places to find public opinion on the candidates and their stances is Twitter, where the public gets to weigh in on the debate. It's a little harder to live-tweet jokes and memes during a Democratic debate since, let's be honest, there's no Donald Trump to make our heads explode. Still, a few tweets hit the nail on the head:
People got ready for the debate with a bit of fun (and games):
Feel free to use this bingo chart as a drinking game, too.
"I'm the only one on this stage..." Drink! #DemDebate— Donna Moss (@donnatella_moss) January 18, 2016
Some joked about the candidates trying to be relatable to millennials.
Who is ready for three old white folks to tell us that Republicans hate minorities and young people? #DemDebate— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 18, 2016
All of these old, wealthy, white people are on stage tonight to tell you how they hate wealthy and white people. #DemDebate— Britt (@brittaufait) January 18, 2016
Others thought O'Malley's opening was a bit weak...
"My name is Martin O'Malley and my first name is the same as Martin Luther King Jrs. That's about all I got" #DemDebate— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) January 18, 2016
Martin O'Malley: "I was born the year that Martin Luther King gave his 'I Have a Dream' speech. Quite an accomplishment. #DemDebate— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) January 18, 2016
Martin O'Malley opens with "My name is Martin O'Malley". Bold choice. #DemDebate— Andrew David Thaler (@SFriedScientist) January 18, 2016
...while some wanted O'Malley to go back to his intro.
O'Malley just had 5 shots of espresso or...? #DemDebate— NO EGG ZONE (@meaganewaller) January 18, 2016
Others liked Sanders' polling jab at Clinton.
A few people were confused by the animated cartoon.
I think every questions should come with an animated cartoon. #DemDebate— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 18, 2016
I think the Democrats are taking questions from cartoons. I don't know what that means, I'm just pointing it out. #DemDebate— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 18, 2016