At the beginning of last night’s presidential debate, moderator Lester Holt warned the audience to not audibly react to what they were witnessing. No booing or clapping, he urged those in attendance at Hofstra University. But after what unfolded last night, an unprecedented back-and-forth between a deeply prepared, fact- and policy-driven female politician and Donald Trump, it’s hard to imagine how those in attendance kept, for the most part, quiet.
From where we were watching, at a bar in Brooklyn, New York, it was the opposite of quiet. The debate felt more like a championship sporting event, or a no-holds-barred cage match, with the large crowd euphorically cheering at each one of Hillary’s burns, and laughing in disbelief every time Donald Trump pretty much opened his mouth.
The real party, however, was on Twitter. If you were able to scrape your eyes away from the screen long enough to check your feed, you’d have seen it at its best and most overwhelming, a tsunami of reactions helping to contextualize and marvel at the historic event unfolding before us with jokes and observations.
Because they’re just like us, celebrities also got in on the social media action, and below we’ve rounded up some of their best reactions.
Wait. She did not run ads that say mean things. She ran ads that use audio of his own mean nasty statements. #Debates2016— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 27, 2016
I need a long shower. #Debates2016— Rashida Jones (@iamrashidajones) September 27, 2016
Wow. Trump calling rooting for the housing crisis “business” #debates— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) September 27, 2016
Law & Order was once a tv show. Now it’s a threat from a tyrant.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) September 27, 2016
i wish she would call him out on his blatant racism, but i guess we are rolling with the “when they go low, we go high” thing.— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 27, 2016
I’ve never in my lifetime seen babbling incoherence on a Presidential debate stage like Trump is displaying tonight. I’m in a nightmare.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) September 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton showed us, for the millionth time, just how qualified she is for this job. Sleep well knowing a remarkable woman is ready.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 27, 2016
Well, that was our live theater this evening.Vote. pic.twitter.com/FzfTG4eEY0— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 27, 2016
It’s over. Trump, the egoist, the racist, the narcissist, the liar, “won.” We all lost. His numbers will go up. She told the truth. So what.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 27, 2016
You know what pays for airports? Federal taxes. #Debates— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) September 27, 2016
Damn. She is in FORMATION. #Debates2016— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) September 27, 2016
Oh, look, Hillary invited her friends Sanity and Experience to the debate.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) September 27, 2016
I still haven’t heard Trump actually answer a question. Only tantrums and lies. #Debates2016— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) September 27, 2016
You cannot just scream your way into being the leader of the Free World I SHOULD KNOW— billy eichner (@billyeichner) September 27, 2016
btw, you know a charge agst Trump is 100% provably true when he interrupts with “Wrong!” #debates— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 27, 2016