Donald Trump's 'Law & Order' Comment Has Already Inspired Plenty Of Jokes On Twitter
At the first presidential debate, moderated by Lester Holt and hosted by NBC at Hofstra University, Republican nominee Donald Trump trotted out some of his favorite rhetoric when questioned about gun violence, policing tactics, and the way institutionalized racism affects the police force in the United States: "law and order." Twitter immediately lit up with jokes about Donald Trump's Law and Order comments. You can practically hear the "dun dun" of the gavel punctuating each of these tweets.
Trump remarked at the debates:
He went on to cite how "successful" stop-and-frisk practices were in New York City, and suggested that perhaps the same tactics were necessary in cities with high rates of gun violence, like Chicago. "African Americans and Hispanics are living in hell," he added. "You walk down the streets, you get shot."
Naturally, the soundbite inspired countless jokes about Law & Order, the TV show, which apparently holds a special place in the heart of anyone who has ever gotten distracted from a very important task with an SVU marathon.
Donald Trump: "we have to bring back Law and Order"— Nathan Zed (@NathanZed) September 27, 2016
Me, a fan of the show: this is the first thing I've agreed with Trump on
Lester: How will you mend the racial divide in our country?— Stephanie Frosch (@ElloSteph) September 27, 2016
Trump: "Well, Law and Order SVU is my favorite show" #debatenight
Trump is suggesting Law and Order be implemented to stop inner city violence. We shouldn't put so much pressure on a TV show.#debatenight— Vernaculis (@Vernaculis) September 27, 2016
he's right we do need law and order specifically SVU because everyone knows it's the best one and who doesn't love Mariska #debatenight— Laura PC (@pintonation) September 27, 2016
Even Hillary Clinton's team sent out this tweet from her account mid-debate, though they somehow forgot to include any Mariska Hargitay gifs.
The fact that Trump's answer to a question about racial injustice is just "we need law and order" pretty much says it all. #debatenight— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2016
A writer from the show also weighed in, confirming that Trump could never play a good guy or a background character. (Though the fact that he's never had a cameo as himself on any installment of the Law & Order franchise is frankly, at this point, astonishing.)
I wrote Law & Order. The only role Donald Trump could have in Law & Order is as a rich bastard suspected of killing his wife.— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) September 27, 2016
Or maybe second-rate lawyer #3. NO LINES. https://t.co/VCBSl9X06g— Stay@HomeFeminist (@NatashaMChiam) September 27, 2016
Nope. Too distracting to put an orange guy with a bad combover in the b.g. https://t.co/xXtUoU94NU— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) September 27, 2016
Jokes aside, however, plenty of Twitter users also took it very seriously that Donald Trump's answer to unchecked police brutality in communities of color was to increase police presence in communities of color and to empower police even further.
Trump is STUCK on law and order and refuses to talk about systemic racism and implicit bias #DebateNight— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) September 27, 2016
TL;DL - Trump thinks blacks and Latinos are all criminals. That's why the race question was met with "law and order" rhetoric. #debatenight— Kara Calavera (@KaraCalavera) September 27, 2016
It's so unfathomable, in fact, that it's easier to just self-soothe with Mariska gifs. Here you go: