All the best memes and reactions from Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s presidential debate

30 September 2020, 15:20 | Updated: 30 September 2020, 15:48

Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

"The time has come to Simp for Joe Biden"

With less than 5 weeks left until arguably the most important election in modern American history, Donald Trump and Joe Biden took to the stage for their first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio last night (Sept 29). And, continuing the overriding theme of this year, it was a total shit show.

You’d think that denouncing racism and white supremacy would be an easy thing for a politician to do in 2020 but Trump’s refusal to do so in explicit terms was a sad, if unsurprising, talking point from the night. When given the chance by moderator and Fox News anchor Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacy, Trump initially said he would but then sidestepped, preferring to take a swipe at “antifa and the left" instead.

Never one to miss out an opportunity to be the absolute worst, Trump also brought up Biden’s son, Hunter, who was who was discharged from the navy in 2014 for taking cocaine. Biden’s response provided some much-needed humanity back into the debate: "My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He's overtaken it. He's fixed it. He's worked on it and I'm proud of him” he said.

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Donald Trump Joe Biden Presidential Debate
Donald Trump Joe Biden Presidential Debate. Picture: Getty

The president spent the rest of the night frequently interrupting his opponent, causing Biden to snap back “Will you shut up, man?” And, quicker than a YouTuber trying to monetise a viral moment, Biden's team released merch with his new catchphrase on it. Those Facebook Ads aren’t going to pay for themselves, henny!

The reaction online has been mostly one of despair and disbelief, with tweets and memes nailing the gallows humour most people felt they needed to get through it. Here are some of the best reactions below.

The squabbling nature of the debate did not go unnoticed by the audience.

Points were made.

Gosh, if only there was some way to make a microphone quieter when another person was speaking...

It was all getting too much for some.

Viewers were drawing parallels between Trump vs Biden and other notable debates of historical significance.

In this house we simp for Biden.

You said it, not us.

Facts are facts, America.

Good luck to them both!

Only 33 days to go, folks!

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