Celebrities and audiences alike took to social media on Thursday to share their hottest takes and boldest reactions to the final debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden before the election. This marked their second debate overall after an earlier one was canceled due to Trump refusing to participate in a virtual format — a change that was made after he tested positive for COVID-19.
Broadcast live from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, the debate was moderated by NBC News anchor and White House correspondent Kristen Welker. Broken up into six 15-minute segments, the discussion covered COVID-19, families in America, race, climate change, national security and leadership.
What most notably set tonight’s meeting apart from the first, which was described by various pundits as a “sh*t show,” was the decision to cut off Trump and Biden’s mics during their opponent’s opening statements at the beginning of each segment.
While there were a few jokes about muting Trump, it was hardly the biggest moment of the night. What elicited the biggest reactions were comments about New York City being a ghost town, which opponent was spending time in basements, coyotes, and the quote that summed up the night, “I take full responsibility. It’s not my fault.”
At one point Trump accused Biden of hiding in a basement instead of facing the coronavirus pandemic head on.
Wish he would go live in a basement tbh
Breaking: Trump would "like to lock [himself] away in a basement"
I’d love to go hide in a basement for a year.
America Screaming at the TV:
DT: “Joe has a thing about basements!” – even Biden seemed to chuckle.
Later, Trump claimed that New York City was dead as a result of it previously being an epi-center of the pandemic. But many quickly pushed back on Twitter.
Hey New Yorkers in my time line — is New York a ghost town? I'm betting it's not. And one of the reasons is that New Yorkers were happy to shut down so people didn't die and fill the fucking city with GHOSTS. #Debates2020
New York is not your wonderful city. New Yorkers hate you.
New York is not a ghost town but Trump's failures are going to haunt our country forever. #TrumpMeltdown#TrumpIsNotAmerica#TrumpLied220KDied
fact check from NY — not a ghost town, much better since trump went to florida
Hey @realDonaldTrump this doesn’t look like a ghost town to me. #NYCpic.twitter.com/19VT02C5HO
Biden’s best performance by far. Trump, please go away forever and stay the fuck away from NYC.
Currently in NYC. Not ghost town. hi.
New York knows you, @realDonaldTrump, and New York despises you.
New York isn't a ghost town, you clown
And it's not your city
Over halfway through, Biden uttered the first malarkey of the night, completing debate bingo and drinking games for fans watching along.
Malarkey is a go!
M A L A R K E Y
When the debate turned to immigrant families in America, Trump claimed that children were being brought in by coyotes, which confused many watching along.
Children are brought here by … coyotes???
People are brought here by ‘coyotes’ 🥴
This is who responsible for all those displaced kids. Who knew? pic.twitter.com/IN8e5J4WtF
Children are brought here by….coyotes?! #Debates2020pic.twitter.com/QEwtoWpwgn
But the biggest and most quoted moment of the night came courtesy of Trump, when he was defending his handling of COVID-19 while accusing China of not doing enough to prevent the spread of the coronavirus out its country.
“I take full responsibility. It's not my fault that it came here. It's China's fault. And you know what, it’s not Joe’s fault that it came here either.” [email protected]#Debates2020pic.twitter.com/i3LeAH5b38
"I take full responsibility" followed by "it's not my fault" … sort of cancels out the former.
"I take full responsibility." I don't think those words mean what Donald Trump thinks they mean.
I take full responsibility / It's not my fault
"I take full responsibility. It's not my fault." is perhaps the most @realDonaldTrump statement ever.
'MERICA FUCK YEAH! https://t.co/QEhrVSNq7Y
"I take full responsibility – it's not my fault."
– Donald J. Trump
Very fine responsibility on both sides https://t.co/MHCp2WpMvF
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