The final presidential debate of 2020 has a theme, and it is "be quiet." After an election season that has seemed to last four score and seven years, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are taking to the stage one last time at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee for a 90 minute debate. Time, as we know it, has become nothing more than a construct, so the difference between 90 measured minutes and 10 lived hours is truly anyone's guess.
The final debate is only the second time the two nominees have faced off this season. The second of three scheduled debates was moved to a virtual format following the President's COVID-19 diagnosis, then eventually cancelled due to President Trump's refusal to participate. After a nearly incomprehensible first debate, the NBC News-hosted event will come equipped with a mute button for candidates, allowing each man to have a full two-minutes of uninterrupted time at the beginning of each topic. Kristen Welker of NBC News is serving as moderator of the October 22 event.
Social media tuned in to offer its collective commentary on the evening's final throw down, and while social media can be its own intoxicating vacuum of white noise (fun fact: you can also mute people there), Twitter has a way of showing up with the jokes in a time where we could all use a distracting laugh.
So keep an eye here for the best ribs of the night. Nothing feels more 2020 than not being able to tell if the tears are from sadness or laugher. You're doing fine! (gulps wine) We're all doing fine, ok?
Who else is rooting for the mute button tonight?#Debates2020
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) October 23, 2020
This debate is very important for the hundreds of Americans who don’t know who they’re voting for. #Debates2020
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) October 23, 2020
CONGRATS TO PRESIDENT TRUMP on the 5th anniversary of his promise to reveal his Beautiful Health Plan in two weeks. #Debates2020
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) October 23, 2020
— Eric D (@ericd) October 23, 2020
Listening to Trump talk really makes you feel the length in two minutes. #Debates2020
— Travon Free (@Travon) October 23, 2020
We were supposed to get goggles??
— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) October 23, 2020
Like five years ago, “goggles” would have ended a whole political career and been in the first paragraph of the person’s obituary.
— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) October 23, 2020
Is Trump saying he didn’t learn a lot until He personally caught the virus?🥴 #Debates2020
— The Vixen (@TheVixensworld) October 23, 2020
— Kamie Crawford (@KamieCrawford) October 23, 2020
I’m ok with Trump locking himself in a basement or going away for a year. #Debates2020
— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) October 23, 2020
Get my name out of your mouth.”
-NEW YORK CITY#Debates2020
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) October 23, 2020
— Opal Vadhan (@OpalVadhan) October 23, 2020
It seems that Trump doesn't have a complete grasp of the new scandal he's supposed to be pushing
— John Hendrickson (@JohnGHendy) October 23, 2020
"WILL YOU BE MY ACCOUNTANT" pic.twitter.com/Dy2ojTPAn2
— Marcus Gilmer (@marcusgilmer) October 23, 2020
“The big man, that’s you, you’re the big man” pic.twitter.com/FXUgj9bF4j
— J.J. (@JetsTank) October 23, 2020
"My secret Chinese bank account is well-known to everyone."
— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) October 23, 2020
How about we test out that mute button. #Debates2020
— Michael Kelly (@michaeljkellyjr) October 23, 2020
New York is a ghost town and I am dressed as the Devil himself pic.twitter.com/K9sn0imQbn
— Jan (@jansportnyc) October 23, 2020
I FELT Kristen Welker saying “What are YOU gonna do?” at MY CORE
— Mike Tague (@rhymeswithbeg) October 23, 2020
I’m not even watching the debate but Mood Board pic.twitter.com/2pCsKY3kkA
— world series dodgers? you mean pain? 🖤🥂⚾️🏀 (@kyliesparks) October 23, 2020
Remember that one time we thought killer hornets were gonna get us? 🥳
— jujubee (@jujuboston) October 23, 2020
since the microphone mute clearly stopped working it’s time to bring out the squirt bottles
— chase (@cfree94) October 23, 2020
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