Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump traded multiple jabs in St. Louis on Sunday as they faced off with each other for the second time, with a month to go until Election Day. Many of their comments and talking points sparked reactions on social media that were widely shared. Here are five of the best tweets that came out of the debate at Washington University:
1. “I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri.”
This tweet by Moustafa Bayoumi, a professor at Brooklyn College in New York, has been retweeted more than 43,000 times and has been liked more than 64,000 times. It followed a comment that Trump made, as he answered a question on Islamophobia, that Muslims in the U.S. need to report “problems” when they see them.
2. “Go f–k yourself.”
Jesse Lehrich, a foreign policy spokesperson for Clinton, lashed out at Trump on Twitter after the Republican nominee claimed Captain Humayun Khan, the Muslim-American soldier who was killed in Iraq, would have been alive today if Trump were in charge. “Hey, @realDonaldTrump – regarding your claim that Captain Khan would be alive if you were president: go f–k yourself,” Lehrich wrote. He subsequently apologized.
3. “I bet Abraham Lincoln would rather go watch another play than watch this debate.”
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the U.S. who was assassinated while watching a play at a theater, somehow found himself a top trending topic Sunday after Trump said “the big difference” between Lincoln and Clinton is that “Honest Abe never lied.” Many on social media leaped at the chance to insert humor into the situation and gave voice to the late president.
4. “Congrats to my running mate @realDonaldTrump on a big debate win! Proud to stand with you as we #MAGA.”
Mike Pence tweeted his support for Trump as rumors circulated that Trump’s choice for vice president was ready to pull his name from the Republican ticket. During the debate, Trump said he disagreed with Pence’s stance on Syria and added that the two “haven’t spoken.”
5. “Winning candidates don’t threaten to put opponents in jail.”
Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said Trump is “wrong” for threatening to prosecute Clinton if he wins the election. “Presidents don’t threaten prosecution of individuals,” Fleischer added. Trump said Clinton would “be in jail” if he were President and said he would hire a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s “lies” about her use of a private email server.