Shimmies, sniffles & shout downs: #DebateNight in tweets
With 5 million tweets sent using the #DebateNight and #Debates2016 hashtags, the real action was happening online.
It wasn’t just policy that had people tweeting, some of the most popular moments weren’t zingers delivered by the opponents but moments of weirdness.
The Hillary Shimmy
When Trump claimed to have a better temperament than Clinton, the former secretary of state couldn’t help but laugh. Trump then said Clinton had the “wrong temperament”, to which Clinton said, “Okay,” and gave a little shoulder shimmy as she chuckled to herself.
Trump showed nothing new tonight. Hillary showed that she can stand up to a bully with class & grace, and shimmy while at it— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) September 27, 2016
All about Clinton’s woo-dance pic.twitter.com/eWG40HWMJI— James Hibberd (@JamesHibberd) September 27, 2016
Trump’s apparent cold had social media talking, with some Clinton supporters feeling smug that their candidate wasn’t the one displaying ill health after her infamous coughing fit and 9/11 collapse.
So after HRC was supposed to cough all night, Trump's #sniffles are trending. Never tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor.— Gina Dalfonzo (@ginadalfonzo) September 27, 2016
Random thought : if Hillary had a case of the sniffles like Trump had its all they'd be talking about. Instead ... #MorningJoe— Kaycee Nightfire (@KcNightfire) September 27, 2016
A #SniffingDonald hastag was used, and some users suggested it wasn’t illness that was causing the sniffles.
According to social media, Trump interrupted Clinton more than 30 times. And someone even rounded them all up in a tweet.
They should mute trump mic when it's not his turn.— Caity Lotz (@caitylotz) September 27, 2016
Vox reported Clinton was interrupted 70 times, 19 times by Holt and 51 times by Trump, while Trump was interrupted 47 times, with Clinton cutting him off 17 times and Holt 30.
Jesus trump do not interupt the moderator! How rude! #debatenight— PineapplePrincess (@hecallsmePP) September 27, 2016
How come Lester Holt always interupted Donald Trump but not Hillary Clinton? #MakeAmericaGreatAgain— Darren Baker (@Darren_Baker_) September 27, 2016
An image of Bernie Sanders watching the debate was almost too much for some Bernie fans, who couldn’t help but think, what if?
Bill Clinton’s lingering handshake with Melania Trump
Before the debate had begun, Twitter users had plenty to say about the candidates’ spouses, Bill Clinton and Melania Trump, greeting each other.
I've never seen more sexual tension than a Melania/Bill Clinton handshake. #Debates2016— Christie Buchele (@cabuchsy) September 27, 2016
Grammy commenting on Melanie Trump and Bill Clinton handshake before debate: "They probably slept together."— cheyanne (@annieg2130) September 27, 2016
Word from inside the debate hall is Melania just left with Bill Clinton. #StillGotIt— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 27, 2016
Social media users were on hand to help moderator Holt fact check the candidates’ statements.
Trump said Clinton referred to the TPP as the “gold standard” in trade deals. She denied this, but it was easy to find footage of her saying those exact words.
Clinton said Trump thinks climate change is “a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.” Trump denied having said that, but a tweet from 2012 proves otherwise.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
Clinton falsely claimed Iran was “weeks away from having enough nuclear material to form a bomb.” when she became secretary of state.
@alexbkane 3 things wrong— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) September 27, 2016
1 timeline is WAY off
2 material couldntve been used for bomb w/i wks
3 even if ignore 1 & 2 its wildly misleading
Clinton claims Iran was "weeks away" from a nuclear bomb. No intelligence estimate from any country supports that. Wrong #debatenight— Ayman Mohyeldin (@AymanM) September 27, 2016
Lester Holt received a lot of attention, and criticism online for his work moderating the debate.
When the 'moderator' jumps in, protecting one side while they lie, it's not a debate.— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) September 27, 2016
It's a roast.
We won't pretend otherwise.#Debates
Some accused Holt of failing to fact check enough, while others had issue with Holt’s decision to bring up the birther issue at all.
Lester Holt failed as a moderator, wasting everyone's time on the birther issue. Should never be involved in another debate. #debatenight— Campaign Watch (@Campaign_Watch) September 27, 2016
He failed to fact check statements made by both candidates.
Holt carries on about birther issue but ignores Clinton calling Trump supporters deplorables?? Not shocked though— ShredderGirl (@ShredderBabe) September 27, 2016
Footage from the end of the debate suggest Trump may have been in a bit of a sulk with moderator Holt. While Clinton goes to shake hands, Trump bypasses him and exits the stage.