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Debate Memes

40+ Best Memes from the 2020 US Presidential Debate

It’s been described as an absolute ‘sh*tshow’ by CNN, but the first Presidential Debate of 2020 was well worth the price of admission. The showdown between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland this week saw meltdowns, tantrums and most importantly, a wealth of the best debate memes we’ve seen in years. For 90 minutes on Tuesday night, the two politicians went toe-to-toe on issues ranging from COVID-19 and Swine Flu, to Trump’s taxes and Biden’s son.

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Presidential debate meme using Shrek's face

But while the face-off on-screen was more than entertaining in itself, the real show was happening on social media. Twitter was absolutely slammed with fresh debate memes, each more spicy than the last. From reaction gifs to the now-infamous “Will you shut up, man?”, the night birthed some new Trump memes and Biden folklore that will undoubtedly go down in internet history. But it’s hardly surprising.

A poll by CBS News showed that 83 per cent of viewers found the tone of the debate to be negative, with the most common reaction being ‘annoyance’. You could argue that with two older men bickering on-stage for 90 minutes straight, it was bound to end this way. “That was a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck. That was the worst debate I have ever seen,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper said on the network following the debate. “In fact, it wasn’t even a debate. It was a disgrace.”

The worst debate ever? Maybe, but the fallout has been glorious and it’s not over yet. “Can’t believe there’s two more of these. It’s like making a sequel to Cats,” comedian and political commentator Bill Maher wrote on Twitter. So, while the cavalcade of fresh Trump and Biden memes rolls in, we’re taking stock of the very best. Here is a list of the best debate memes from the first Presidential Debate of 2020.

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Presidential debate meme using a scene from Community


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Nick Hall is the Editor-in-Chief of Man of Many and an accomplished journalist. He completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries at the Queensland University of Technology, with a double major in Journalism and Music. Prior to working at Man of Many, Nick spent two years as a journalist with Inside Franchise Business, focusing on small business, finance and legal reporting. In 2021, Nick was named B&T's Best of the Best Journalist of the Year. With an extensive background in the media industry, Nick specialises in feature writing, fashion, lifestyle and entertainment content. A qualified barber and men's stylist, Nick also holds a Cert III in Barbering from the Queensland Hairdressing Academy.