The Final 2020 Presidential Debate Had Social Media on Edge (Again)

Justin Kirkland
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Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images

From Esquire

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?

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