In the already iconic words of CNN host Jake Tapper, the first presidential debate—if you can call it that—was a “hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck.” The worst debate anyone’s ever been forced to sit through. A shitshow.
Chris Wallace seemed incapable (or unwilling) to rein in Trump, doing little more than politely admonishing him for refusing to abide by the rules of engagement and allowing him to speak over former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump was also given ample time to sow seeds of doubt about the legitimacy of the election and to repeat talking points about mail-in voting being vulnerable to widespread fraud (which is not true). Of course, Trump and his herd of followers still seem to think the president was treated unfairly by the Fox News host.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2020
While some are suggesting that Americans have already been through enough and shouldn’t be subjected to another debate, the second spectacle is coming up on October 15 and will be moderated by C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully. Another news network talking head? Twitter had more creative ideas. Here are five we saw while scrolling social media in search of levity.
Samuel L. Jackson
A meme reading, “I said two minutes, motherfucker,” made the rounds last night.
Samuel L. Jackson should have been the moderator pic.twitter.com/cJuvDHSOWn
— Rayan (@RealAHHA) September 30, 2020
I am definitely in favor of Samuel L. Jackson as the moderator for the next debate https://t.co/Eja8lof1ym
— StillFiguringItOut (@LearnGrow2017) September 30, 2020
Memorably, the America’s Next Top Model host would not abide a Tiffany tantrum.
— Joey Lavarias (@joeylavarias) September 30, 2020
Perhaps the beloved game show host could lend some intellect to the proceedings. Have you heard the man say “genre”?
Alex Trebek should moderate the next debate pic.twitter.com/kD5cKFhdT3
— Mr. Gould (@phsgould) September 30, 2020
Honestly they should have had Alex Trebek moderate it and just made it an episode of Jeopardy
— Alissa Walker (@awalkerinLA) September 30, 2020
Everyone knows Judge Judith Sheindlin doesn’t play.
Where’s judge Judy when you need her #PresidentialDebate
— Chase Stokes (@hichasestokes) September 30, 2020
Next debate moderator plz pic.twitter.com/D6S5HkWjYM
— noelle ⭐️ (@noelleeee_lynn) September 30, 2020
We have a reality show host for a president. Why not a talk show host for a moderator?
Joe Biden came to Debate tonight. Trump came to a Jerry Springer event. The American people deserve better.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 30, 2020
Last night's Jerry Springer Show was crazy.
— Dave Matt (@davematt88) September 30, 2020
I vote for Jerry Springer for next moderator!! pic.twitter.com/3UqWQuEp03
— Balazthar Fraiche (@balazthar) September 30, 2020