The first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump kicked off on Monday, and the 90-minute showdown had devotees of both political parties flocking to Twitter in an attempt to break the internet with a monsoon of commentary, angry sarcasm and mockery.
Before the candidates even took the stage, celebs were sharing their excitement (and trepidation) for the long-awaited battle of words between the polarizing figures, and there was no shortage of stars who were weighing in on how they thought the debates might go.
"The cool thing is we now have the chance to watch 2 qualified & worthy candidates in a thoughtful dialogue," Girls creator Lena Dunham joked. "#JKLOLWTF #Debates2016."
Republican stalwart and former Presidential nominee Newt Gingrich was somewhat more optimistic about Trump's chances, sharing, "@realDonaldTrump will pass the test of being adequately competent & will get a big boost in acceptability."
Some stars were less hopeful about the night's events, like model and Lip Sync Battle host Chrissy Teigen, comedian Billy Eichner, director Adam McKay and others.
drinking game for tonight is to never stop— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 27, 2016
Maybe they'll all end up in jail like in the Seinfeld finale. #Debates2016— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 26, 2016
God help us. Here we go...— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 27, 2016
Don't be fooled by the pundits. Hillary already won the debate in the same way that Usain Bolt has already beaten me in the 100. #debates— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) September 27, 2016
What are you doing for the debate? Drinking, crying or hiding in a closet like a dog on 4th of July?— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) September 27, 2016
Hillary back stage: Does vocal exercises, goes over policy.— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) September 26, 2016
Trump back stage: Yells at Melania not to scrunch her face up when he farts.
Debate coach: What do u say if u go blank?— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) September 26, 2016
Trump: Brown people r scary.
Coach: wait...so ur always-
Trump: Brown people r scary.
"Donald, it's good to be with you". First lie of the night. #debatenight— Larry Wilmore (@larrywilmore) September 27, 2016
As the debate progressed, celebs took Trump to task for his debate tactics -- which mostly involved yelling over Clinton's points and denying everything she said about him -- while moderator Lester Holt was criticized for failing to keep Trump from doing exactly that.
Hillary's strategy: Be a woman talking calmly and intelligently near Trump and make him fear-poop. #Debates2016— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 27, 2016
Here's a simple benchmark for electing a president. If you don't believe in science, you are not qualified to be president. Simple. #debates— Josh Gad (@joshgad) September 27, 2016
To be president of this country you need tremendous STABINA. Blow your nose Baby #Debates2016— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 27, 2016
He should blow his nose. He’s already blown the debate. #Debates— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) September 27, 2016
It's like the Super Bowl but for the apocalypse. #debates— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 26, 2016
btw, you know a charge agst Trump is 100% provably true when he interrupts with "Wrong!" #debates— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 27, 2016
Wow. Trump calling rooting for the housing crisis "business" #debates— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 27, 2016
Hillary's unwavering tact, maturity and humility is inspiring. #debates— Grace Helbig (@gracehelbig) September 27, 2016
This is like watching a frog sitting in water that is boiling slowly... #debates— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 27, 2016
They say 100M people are watching these #debates. If you’re interested enough to watch, I hope you’re interested enough to vote. We need you— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 27, 2016