The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was, as per usual, full of quotable, meme-worthy moments, and as predicated moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz found themselves in the middle of all it. Afraid you missed one of the debate's defining moments? Well, it's really easy to get a hold of the full transcript of the entire second presidential debate, thanks to Vox.
This debate was structured a little differently than debates of the past. Although Trump and Clinton did receive some questions from the moderators, they also took questions from audience members. According to NBC News, the people chosen to submit questions for and attend the debate were selected because they were undecided voters.
The topic of Trump's 2005 remarks about women, which were leaked by The Washington Post on Friday, came up right at the start of the debate. When Cooper asked Trump about the sexual assault that was implied by recorded coversation between Trump and Billy Bush, Trump responded by side-stepping the question entirely, downplaying the tapes, and then making a bizarre leap into talking about ISIS:
This was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologize to my family. To the American people. Certainly I'm not proud of it. But this is locker room talk. When we have a world where you have ISIS chopping off heads, where you have frankly drowning people in steel cages, wars, and horrible, horrible fights all over — so many bad things happening. We haven't seen anything like this, the carnage all over the world. Can you imagine the people that are frankly doing so well against us with ISIS? And they look at our country and see what's going on. Yes, I'm very embarrassed by it. I hate it. But it's locker room talk and it's one of those things. I will knock the hell out of ISIS. We're going to defeat ISIS.
When Clinton responded by calling him out not just for his remarks about women, but about any and all marginalized people, Trump then dragged Bill Clinton into the debate — despite the fact that he is not running for president:
If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse, mine are words, his was action. This is what he has done to women. There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that's been so abusive to women, so you can say any way you want to say it, but Bill Clinton was abusive to women.
The topics broached at this debate other than Trump's tapes with Billy Bush ran the gamut from Islamophobia, to a brief foray into single-payer healthcare, and the war in Syria.
Clinton recalled the words of Michelle Obama in her response:
I am reminded of what my friend, Michelle Obama, advised us all: When they go low, you go high. And look, if this were just about one video, maybe what he's saying tonight would be understandable, but everyone can draw their own conclusions at this point about whether or not the man in video or on the stage respects women. But he never apologizes for anything to win.
There were plenty of other memorable moments from the debate, some of which came not from the candidates, but from the moderators. Raddatz, a seasoned news veteran, became Twitter's hero for keeping the debate in order:
As soon as the debate came to an end, Mike Pence tweeted his support for his running mate, even though some thought might bow out of the campaign. But many others on social media came out to support Clinton. Even though the post-debate polls will continue to run overnight, many think Clinton won the debate. But you'll have to re-watch the second debate or read the transcript to determine the winner yourself.