Since it's now a big boy news channel that's free of its ideological master/serial sexual harasser top man, Fox News was determined to make this third and final presidential debate at UNLV the "issues debate." Other debates could have Ken Bone and sniffles, Chris Wallace was going to preside over a meaningful exchange of ideas, damn it.
i feel bad for our country. But this is tremendous content.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 20, 2016
Say what you will about the way the Supreme Court was discussed, but at least everyone stayed on the topic. Hillary Clinton stood up for women who got late term abortions, while Donald Trump suggested pro-life, pro-Second Amendment judges were important because women were having fetuses ripped out of their wombs days before giving birth and that Clinton was extremely upset after the District of Columbia vs. Heller decision.
Trump: "Hillary was very angry, extremely upset about that gun regulation," says Donald Trump, who throws fits about SNL skits. #debate
— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) October 20, 2016
Donald talks about “ripping the baby out of the mother” --- this must come after grabbing the pussy
— Susie Bright (@susiebright) October 20, 2016
is Donald Trump describing a c-section
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) October 20, 2016
A reminder of what this actually looks like https://t.co/nyeTFekLT4
— Jia Tolentino (@jiatolentino) October 20, 2016
Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2013
That's a weird funny tweet from 2013. It's even funnier because in a debate section that was supposed to be about immigration, Trump and Clinton argued about who was Putin's puppet and Trump specifically said "This is not my best friend."
YOU'RE THE PUPPET! pic.twitter.com/ey1xej947R
— Jason Gay (@jasongay) October 20, 2016
— Business Insider (@businessinsider) October 20, 2016
— Joanna Simkin (@JoannaSimkin) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace floated a softball up there for Donald Trump, asking him if he would accept the election results despite his apocalyptic warnings about how it was going to be rigged. "He'll say he's going to accept the results, and I can ask Clinton why she personally torched her emails," Chris Wallace no doubt thought to himself. Instead, Trump blew the easiest question of the entire debate and now everyone is freaking out.
The front pages of America’s largest newspapers after the final debate pic.twitter.com/6bcmAUHoJ8
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) October 20, 2016
My thoughts on a 'rigged' presidential election. pic.twitter.com/075n83NXMH
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 20, 2016
It's honestly like Trump doesn't want to get elected. Faced with the simple task of saying he respected America's historic peaceful transition of power, Trump said he would "look at it at the time." He might as well have stood up there and sang the Taliban national anthem for all the good that answer did him. Trump also threw his vice presidential pick, who just said he would accept the election results, under the bus for the second straight debate, and left Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus holding the bag and insisting literally the opposite of what Trump claimed on the stage.
Pence on CNN at 804pm ET: "I've said before that we'll certainly accept the outcome of this election." pic.twitter.com/XwWOcP4Xfc
— Alan He (@alanhe) October 20, 2016
Pence to @MajorCBS : "He has every right, he has the prerogative to wait and see how the election comes out."
— Alan He (@alanhe) October 20, 2016
RNC Chair Reince Priebus says Trump WILL accept the results of the election
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) October 20, 2016
He also threw first debate Donald Trump under the bus.
Trump said at Hofstra that he would accept the outcome of the election. https://t.co/d1P6Pztpwr
— John Asbury (@johnasbury) October 20, 2016
Someone is still sore about the 2004, 2005 Emmys
While outlining how awful it was the Trump would basically ignore the American democracy, Clinton mentioned how he's just a sad little man, smarting about the Emmys:
Donald Trump says the Emmys were rigged against him 😂 https://t.co/SZm9nw1Z6O
— BBTV Screen Time (@BBTVScreenTime) October 20, 2016
Trump's whining about a rigged election isn't new. He said the same thing when he didn't win the Emmy's, too! pic.twitter.com/NOtbfIehi1
— Justin Wolfers (@JustinWolfers) October 20, 2016
Seven-time Emmy award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus had thoughts:
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 20, 2016
But seriously, folks...
The best part of the debate transcript. pic.twitter.com/NEWcfPFqqG
— Nate Goldman (@NateGoldman) October 20, 2016
You know, Clinton rightfully caught some shit for that "Trumped up trickle down economics" line from the first debate, but maybe she was playing the long game, lulling us all to sleep just to confidently call Donald Trump a choker when he flew down to Mexico
"We have some bad hombres here," Donald Trump said when discussing immigration, which is about the most racist old guy way of framing the immigration debate short of calling Latino immigrants rapists.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 20, 2016
— Rukhmani K. Desai (@RukhDesai) October 20, 2016
Nasty Woman vs Bad Hombres is the novela I'm writing about the 1st female Mexican Pres seeking revenge on the men that killed her parents.
— Cristela Alonzo (@cristela9) October 20, 2016
Bad hombre in the streets, nasty woman in the sheets #debatenight
— GUNNAROLLA (@gunnarolla) October 20, 2016
— Carlos López S (@Carlos_Lopez_SG) October 20, 2016
Technically both candidates in white power suits
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) October 20, 2016
Just Trump being Trump though, according to the weird tweets of bunker citizen/campaign pollster Kellyanne Conway as she tries to wash her hands of this whole thing!
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— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 20, 2016
It's almost enough to make you feel bad for her, until you remember she voluntarily joined up with a man too stupid to bring fascism to the White House!
Trump didn't call Clinton the devil this debate, and in fact almost made it through the whole night without a pointless insult that just made him look like an out of control bully. And then after some gentle ribbing from Clinton about his habit of avoiding taxes, he just went for it:
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 20, 2016
It's a brain that thinks "say she's such a nasty woman" and also thinks, "lean into the mic for it."
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) October 20, 2016
( (> A NASTY
<) )> WOMAN
— Such A Nasty Woman (@andreagrimes) October 20, 2016
hey @nastygal this is ur moment..............
— Veronica de Souza (@HeyVeronica) October 20, 2016
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) October 20, 2016
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) October 20, 2016
Trump also managed to do this just as Kellyanne Conway started to spin how well he'd done:
🤔 10:29p ET ... This was ~just~ before his "nasty woman" comment, but long after he refused to say he'd accept the election results. https://t.co/GxVnZ5iMjg
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) October 20, 2016
There were fewer sniffs, but there was water drinking:
— BREVRN (@THE_BREVRN) October 20, 2016
You fool! Have you learned nothing from Marco Rubio?
Who is refilling Trump's water glass? Ahhh. Rubio. pic.twitter.com/bLB12Dkvh8
— Jason Nicholas (@JasonNweather) October 20, 2016
Van Jones spoke for America:
Van Jones: "You can't polish this turd."
Anderson Cooper: "Technically you cannot polish any turd." pic.twitter.com/LcihDMtU1w
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 20, 2016
Rudy being Rudy being ghoulish:
Rudy Giuliani began the night talking about Bill Clinton's "illegitimate children" for some reason.
Rudy Giuliani just brought up "Bill Clinton's illegitimate children" on air and welp, that's where we are I guess...
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) October 19, 2016
He ended the night insisting the election fraud was real and that Democrats would do it.
Giuliani just predicted Dems will "steal" the election in PA by busing in people from out of state to pose as dead people to cast ballots.
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 20, 2016
He also uh...got...oddly physical with a moderator while he argued with Mark Cuban:
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) October 19, 2016
Donald Trump Jr. didn't have a great night trying to spin this one either:
"My dad doesn't know what he's doing up there, being President is a step down for him," is a great post-debate message.
This was the final presidential debate of 2016, so you don't need to watch anymore of them. Now it's just a bunch of waiting until we get drunk on Election Day. And please, for the love of god, leave Social Security alone.
Congratulations on getting through that debate. Here is a puppy. pic.twitter.com/DfHO6Wf7Pi
— Leah Crane (@DownHereOnEarth) October 20, 2016