It was bound to be an entertaining debate; Clinton and Trump have already faced off once with interesting enough results, but this time around the Town Hall-style debate morphed into a whole new level of chaos. And naturally, the internet has weighed in. Some of the funniest tweets about the second presidential debate serve as a reminder that, while the 2016 presidential campaign has been surreal, Sunday night's debate underscored the night serious tone. Naturally, people were anxious to see the outcome.
Both Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have been hard at work in the week leading up to the all-important Town Hall debate on Sunday in St. Louis. As before, the candidates are afforded a full 90 minutes to frantically sell themselves to the American voters (including the undecided voters present at the Town Hall debate) ahead of the November 8 election. The most recent polls have seen Clinton jump ahead of Trump since the two initially faced off in their first debate, and that was before Trump's campaign was hit was a serious one-two punch on Friday. The Washington Post released a tape of Trump engaging in a wildly inappropriate, lewd conversation about women on Friday, and many leaders of the Republican party (including his own running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence) have denounced his behavior. Romper reached out to Trump for comment on the leaked interview, but did not hear back at the time of publication. In a statement given to the media, Trump said:
This was locker-room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.
Following the comments, the mass Republican exodus of support for the nominee had many pundits (and also the entire internet) wondering whether or not Trump would address the issue of the tape. But if the night's tweets reveal anything, it's that there's nothing "funny" about electing someone to lead our country come November:
While Donald Trump has had his moment to "entertain us," I suppose, that moment looks to be coming to an end. Particularly since Trump has decided to reopen old wounds from decades past by going on the offensive with Clinton not about her own campaign, but about the actions of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Trump has never been especially fond of taking the defensive tactic, after all, so perhaps using Clinton's infidelity from years ago felt like a good decision. For voters, that didn't work so well.
The internet is not impressed with the way this campaign has been handled on so many levels, and let their feelings be known:
Luckily, Clinton is clearly as prepared as ever for a good debate. Particularly a town hall-style debate, where she could engage with voters and make her well-informed case to become the first female president of the United States.
The debate, unfortunately, devolved quickly, with finger pointing and low blows all around. The reality is, essentially no one is coming out of this one unscathed.
But here's the thing: the entertainment factor is over. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.