Last night, September 26, was the first 2016 presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Did you watch? I did, because I’m a politics weirdo who has been looking forward to this debate for months. I had a little watch party set up and everything, that’s how much of a masochist I am about this election season: I want to torture myself as much as I can before November 8, when the country decides which of these two will be the next president. While stats indicate that–as of today–Clinton has a 55 percent chance of winning the election, national polls put Clinton and Trump at a virtual tie. As someone who would literally rather see a family of skunks win the election than Donald Trump, I’m a little nervous.
Okay, super nervous.
There’s so much on the line this election. For starters, there’s a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and whoever fills it could determine the future of important issues like abortion. Whichever party controls Congress will help determine the fate of everything from healthcare to the rights of undocumented people. Hell, Donald Trump essentially said that the country needs to adopt stop and frisk policy to reduce crime, even though stop and frisk has been deemed unconstitutional because it unfairly singles out blacks and Latinos. I have plenty of criticisms of Hillary Clinton–I voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary–but the idea of a Trump presidency with a Republican congress and an empty spot on the Supreme Court?
Honestly, the only thing getting me through this political hellhole are memes, and there were plenty to go around after this first debate. It’s like…laughing to stop from crying in pixel form. So, whether you’re freaking out about the election and need a boost of humor, or you DGAF and just want a laugh, check out these 25 Clinton versus Trump debate memes. They’ll almost make you forget about this mess we’re in.
1. Hillary’s debate prep was brutal.
palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. vomit on her sweater already, bill's spaghetti. pic.twitter.com/sjOgXimw3A
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 27, 2016
2. You know Hillary listened to Beyonce’s “Lemonade” before the debate last night.
6 inch heels, she walked in the Debate like nobody's business pic.twitter.com/hVJ5cWUldf
— FORWARD (@_JukeBoxx) September 27, 2016
3. Anyone else surprised that Trump wasn’t as orange as usual?
— Super Bromo (@superboy8500) September 27, 2016
4. Okay but real talk, did anyone notice how much Trump was sniffling?
— Hiro Murai (@MuraiHiro) September 27, 2016
5. Relatable TBH.
when she not mad, she just think it's funny how pic.twitter.com/rjvllU96G0
— Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopienne) September 27, 2016
6. Find the lie TBH.
This is like watching a couple complaining about who walked the dog last. pic.twitter.com/YR3w6h7dTw
— Elliot Tebele (@FuckJerry) September 27, 2016
Debate split-screen pic.twitter.com/XFyupCSjzq
— Copy McPasty, Writer (@KashannKilson) September 27, 2016
8. Meanwhile, at the Sanders residence…
— Nathan Zed ?? (@NathanZed) September 27, 2016
9. OKAY BUT THE INTERNET IS TOO WILD.
Debate with papaw tonight… he made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I'm the only one who showed. love him pic.twitter.com/DaziUZ4FaG
— Alec Bergman (@Alec_Bergman) September 27, 2016
10. So, Trump said that Hillary has been fighting ISIS for her entire adult life. Uh, what?
Rare footage of Hillary fighting ISIS at the beginning of her adult life pic.twitter.com/sszNdyRVtN
— max linsky (@maxlinsky) September 27, 2016
11. When Trump said that his temperment was his best asset…
I HAVE BETTER TEMPERAMENT!!! pic.twitter.com/7t8mbsme3o
— Joe Penna (@MysteryGuitarM) September 27, 2016
12. Doing the impossible.
Journalists trying to fact check trump pic.twitter.com/3QzOi24Pt5
— Koneko (@Crislex) September 27, 2016
13. But somebody’s gotta do it, right?
Trump: I didn't say that
The Internet: pic.twitter.com/Q8zHjoQRCm
— Dylan (@ImDylanKohl) September 27, 2016
14. When the debate gets too buck and the moderator is nowhere to be found…
Missing person alert: has anybody seen this man pic.twitter.com/3JI7WeVqgR
— Parker Higgins (@xor) September 27, 2016
15. Oh, so THAT’S what the moderator was up to.
— Shon (@inkedtater) September 27, 2016
16. That awkward moment when Trump basically admitted he didn’t pay taxes.
Trump: I don't pay taxes. I'm smart.
— Henny DeebiYassi (@KixNewEra) September 27, 2016
17. THIS IS THE KIND OF HARD HITTING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM WE NEED RN, KIM.
BREAKING: Kim Kardashian will reveal Trump's tax returns on her snapchat after the debate
— emmie (@emmieshouse) September 27, 2016
18. Obama’s just like…
"Yo y'all watching this shit lmao" pic.twitter.com/5IDxfRUxm9
— Danny Strock (@DStrizzzle) September 27, 2016
19. You mean this isn’t a dark comedy?
hillary: looks into the camera like she's on the office pic.twitter.com/y41cUBUo03
— Common White Girl (@CommonWhiteGrls) September 27, 2016
20. Every. Day.
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) September 27, 2016
21. This was literally the entire debate.
lester: that's factually incorrect
— sara (@sarasinthepit) September 27, 2016
22. Exclusive photo of me at the end of the night.
When you take a shot every time trump interrupts Hillary pic.twitter.com/DuafqQ3kAd
— Medieval Reactions (@MedievalReacts) September 27, 2016
23. So, when did the reality hit for you guys?
when the debate memes are funny but then u remember this is the state of our country rn pic.twitter.com/Pno4Akfc1b
— yeet sovereign (@dounutti) September 27, 2016
24. CUT MY LIFE INTO PIECES
— SUNNI (@SunniAndTheCity) September 27, 2016
Did you watch the debate? What did you think of it? Tell us in the comments!