Around the digital water cooler known as Twitter on Thursday, the first Democratic presidential debate inspired more rancor, humor and bad-taste than the debate itself.
President Donald Trump, who rated the debate “BORING!” in a tweet posted just 35 minutes into Wednesday’s debate, didn’t let the lack of verbal fireworks stop him — and someone in his campaign with a wicked sense of humor — from engaging in some digital shenanigans. At 5:36 a.m Trump posted a tweet poking fun of technical problems encountered when moderators Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow began asking questions.
Todd quickly cut to a commercial but in Trump’s tweet, the debate goes on. Superimposing Trump’s dramatic entrance onto the state at the 2016 GOP National Convention, the screen darkens, fills with smoke and Trump emerges on the stage as Ozzy Osbourne hollers the opening line to Crazy Train: “All Aboard!”
Thank you@MSNBC, real professionals!@firstname.lastname@example.org/7ZCkcUQ4yA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)June 27, 2019
Florida U.S. Sen. Rick Scott also took a swipe at the Democratic candidates, grasping for humor with a baseball analogy.
He tweeted: “They are so far outside the mainstream. There’s enough of them to field 2 baseball teams. The problem is, they all want to play far left field.”
What we saw tonight from the Democrats was predictable: Higher taxes, more regulation, more government, open borders.
They are so far outside the mainstream. There’s enough of them to field 2 baseball teams. The problem is, they all want to play far left field.#DemDebate
Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay, a Democrat, gave some love to lesser-known candidate John Delaney for knowing the number of counties in the United States — adding that her kudo was not an endorsement.
One point for@JohnDelaney for knowing approximately how many counties are in the US. (This is NOT an endorsement)#DNCDebate— Melissa McKinlay (@VoteMcKinlay)June 27, 2019
New York Mayor and presidential hopeful Bill De Blasio may not be allowed back to Miami after quoting Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara’s farewell letter to Fidel Castro, an epic faux pas in a city of Cuban exiles, that was broadcast to the Twittersphere by Florida Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
Bill DeBlasio went to a rally at the#Miami airport today & ended his speech by quoting from the murderous Che Guevara’s farewell letter to Fidel Castro.
But how dare anyone call him or any democrat candidate a socialist.https://t.co/IjIOTSI9GV
Noticeably silent about the debate on Twitter: Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democrat U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel. By contrast, GOP U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a well known Twitter wisenheimer and Trump acolyte, was uncommonly demure, tweeting that none of the Democrats on stage Wednesday night “is interesting enough to beat @realdonaldtrump. Not even close.”
No person on that stage is interesting enough to defeat@realDonaldTrump. Not even close.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz)June 27, 2019
This story originally posted to PalmBeachPost.com and was shared to GateHouse Media's Florida web sites.