And so it begins! Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled it out during their first presidential debate on Monday, September 26 — and it was a doozy.
The former Secretary of State, 68, and the mogul, 70, covered a variety of topics as NBC’s Lester Holt moderated at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The 90-minute showdown incited laughs, cringes and one-liners that viewers couldn’t help but discuss on social media.
Voters in particular poked fun at Trump’s sniffling frenzy (tissue, anyone?), his incessant interruptions, Holt’s “disappearance” when he seemed to check out from, well, moderating, and the candidates’ argument over stamina, which led to a mic drop moment from a preternaturally calm Clinton.
“As soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire … or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina,” she quipped.
Even some stars shared hilarious memes. Chelsea Handler posted a photo of Trump standing at his podium. “When you realize you just lost to a girl,” the caption read. Justin Theroux later posted a pic of Holt dressed up as Where’s Waldo?
Lena Dunham watched the debate, too. The Girls actress, who spoke at Clinton’s Democratic National Convention, posted a GIF of Clinton dressed as Wonder Woman. “#SheSlays,” the caption read.
Here, Us Weekly has rounded up some of the best memes and reactions of the night:
And then he ended the #debate bashing @Rosie out of nowhere. #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/blrmNgsfQk
— Alex Morash (@AlexMorash) September 27, 2016
Trump screaming: I HAVE A BETTER TEMPERAMENT! #debatenight pic.twitter.com/en42jtfmL7
— Sara Nović (@NovicSara) September 27, 2016
#makesniffsgreatagain *sniff* pic.twitter.com/yqNiY2UcYz
— Trump Sniff 👃 (@TrumpSniff) September 27, 2016
Trump in between sentences #debatenight pic.twitter.com/YYm1PNUae4
— Jersey Capper (@JerseyCapperNHL) September 27, 2016
My husband: We need to start stocking up on canned goods before November gets here#Debates2016 pic.twitter.com/7AGaomyerl
— Christal (@DontPraterHate) September 27, 2016
i have been laughing out loud non stop because every time it shows trump i think of this meme why can’t i get over this pic.twitter.com/MAwWJuiXxZ
— eric haas (@_eh22) September 27, 2016
This is accurate. #debate pic.twitter.com/JVtkR8xFbj
— Martijn Hilton (@MartijnPOP) September 27, 2016
— Stephanie Ryan (@stephryansays) September 27, 2016
Greatest meme ever. #debates2016 pic.twitter.com/tI2ZgUrhlL
— Ryan Armstrong (@rmarmstrong88) September 27, 2016
“,,,Then he can talk to me about stamina” -@HillaryClinton #debates2016 pic.twitter.com/rWGtUGBmBQ
— Hannah Cranston (@HannahCranston) September 27, 2016
Missing person alert: has anybody seen this man pic.twitter.com/3JI7WeVqgR
— Parker Higgins (@xor) September 27, 2016
when u laughing at hillary and donald arguing on #debatenight but then u remember that one of these two is (most likely) our next president pic.twitter.com/ye05ctyjJQ
— antonio (@antoniodelotero) September 27, 2016
waiting for a #debatenight-induced panic attack like pic.twitter.com/X7Us283PiK
— Jenny Eliscu (@jennylsq) September 27, 2016
donald trump: I didn’t say that
the internet: pic.twitter.com/TP6Y5b1fDe
— memes (@memeprovider) September 27, 2016
— Steve Kim (@Fobwashed) September 27, 2016
— Jen Lewis (@thisjenlewis) September 27, 2016
palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. vomit on her sweater already, bill’s spaghetti. pic.twitter.com/sjOgXimw3A
— David Mack (@davidmackau) September 27, 2016
Lord Voldemort.#debatenight #debates pic.twitter.com/iJLxU5pQd6
— Professor Snape (@_Snape_) September 27, 2016