With an estimated one hundred million viewers expected to tune in for the first presidential debate on Monday night, it's to be expected that such an anticipated moment in modern American political history would produce plenty of memorable quotes and memes. The Republican nominee’s reality TV persona and shocking one-liners from the past 18 months have surely triggered plenty of on-point and hilarious content (to social media's delight), but these timely Donald Trump presidential debate memes truly embrace the utter craziness of this election, showing that voters, while paying very close attention because the stakes of the debate are monumental for both candidates, have resored to simply laughing and having fun with it. After all, what else is there left to do? (Vote. The answer, of course, is vote.)
There’s plenty of material to work with tonight, whether it’s Trump’s fantastical ideas on immigration — like a border wall between the United States and Mexico or a ban on Muslims — or his refusal to release his tax returns, or any of the derogatory statements he’s made about women in the past. In fact, just days before the first presidential debate, news outlets around the country blasted the GOP nominee for his lengthy track record of lies (both minor and big) and his casual relationship with statistics, which has sparked another ongoing debate regarding whether moderators should fact-check candidates in real-time during the debates.
"Donald Trump has pattern of repeating lies hoping no one will correct him," Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's communications director told CNN last week. "Any candidate who tells this many lies clearly can't win the debate on the merits. His level of lying is unprecedented in American politics."
So, whether or not tonight's moderator, NBC's Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, will step in if something doesn't sound quite right, we can count on the keen eyes of social media to point out a statistical blunder or political faux pas.
Here are some of the best memes, jokes, and tweets about Trump at the first presidential debate:
Monday's debate was anticipated to be rather unpredictable and even way before the candidates took the stage, it didn't seem like Trump even knew how he would behave when he finally came face-to-face with Clinton.
"If she treats me with respect, I will treat her with respect," Trump told Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last week. "It really depends. People ask me that question, 'Oh you're going to go out there and do this and that.' I really don't know that. You're going to have to feel it out when you're out there."
Having both candidates in the spotlight for 90 minutes — with no commercial breaks — is something that many voters needed to see, as this debate may be the deciding factor in this very tight election.