Donald Trump 'Stamina' Jokes & Reactions Might Just Be The Highlight Of This Debate
During the first presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have made a mistake when it came to word choice. As soon as he accused Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton of not having "the stamina" to be president, he welcomed a barrage of jokes and outraged reactions from, well, the entire internet. Luckily for those with more productive hobbies than me, I've sifted through the entire Twittersphere and compiled the best Trump "stamina" jokes out there.
Trump's stamina comment came after moderator Lester Holt grilled Trump on a comment he'd made during an interview earlier this month, in which Trump said, "Well, I just don’t think [Clinton] has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look."
In a bid to explain that comment during the debate, Trump said, "I don't believe Hillary has the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina. You have to be able to negotiate."
Cue the immediate — and massive — outpouring of reactions from debate watchers around the world, who took the opportunity to make fun of Trump's debate performance, make Viagra jokes, and point out the not-so-subtle sexism behind that sentence. Because the internet is a beautiful place, there were hundreds of responses to Trump's stamina statement by the time the debate wrapped on Sunday night.
Trump is taking the opportunity of the first general debate to let women know he can last more than ten minutes. #stamina— Allison Raskin (@AllisonRaskin) September 27, 2016
Donald Trump says "stamina" more than a Viagra commercial. #debatenight— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) September 27, 2016
Stamina check: Trump's left the room. Clinton still shaking hands.— Susan Milligan (@MilliganSusan) September 27, 2016
It seemed like Trump was missing something tonight. I think the word is "stamina."— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) September 27, 2016
"She doesn't have the stamina." - the guy who lost the ability to speak in complete sentences 45 minutes ago— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) September 27, 2016
"To be president of this country you need tremendous STAMINA." Stamina is Trumpian for testicles.— The Cut (@TheCut) September 27, 2016
Stamina is a weird way to spell dick— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) September 27, 2016
The best answer of all, however, may have been delivered in person, at the debate. As soon as Trump accused Clinton of lacking stamina, she responded:
I mean, damn, girl. That's the kind of comeback most people can only think of 24 hours after someone's insulted them. Also, props to Clinton for turning one of her biggest scandals — i.e., her private server fiasco — into a joke. It was a risky move, but it brought her cheers from the crowd.
After Clinton fired back at Trump, he threatened to say something "inappropriate," but apparently held back. "I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family," he said, according to The Telegraph. "And I said to myself, I can't do it. I just can't do it. It's inappropriate, it's not nice."
Judging by the apparent joy both Clinton and the internet got out of firing back at Trump's first insult, I have a feeling it'd be OK.