Wednesday night’s CNN debate may have signaled the beginning of the end for Donald Trump. He just wasn’t on top of his game. Part of it had to do with the time, a three-hour debate is exhausting both for candidates and viewers. The other part was more significant as Trump simply couldn’t keep up when more seasoned politicians discussed issues like foreign policy and geopolitics. The opportunity to drop classic phrases channeling your drunk uncle from Thanksgiving wasn’t there.
Because, you know, calling candidates “stupid and ugly” comes off badly when discussing sending troops into battle. As one conservative analyst noted, Trump didn’t utter a single word for close to 30 minutes. That has to be a first for him.
“There was a point when he was speechless,” she said. “You could tell he was so uncomfortable talking about any of the issues except for immigration.”
So yes, for the most part, it wasn’t Donald’s night. His back-and-forth with Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina were amusing, but lacked punch. That being said, what he lacked in actual political savvy, he more than made up with in GIFs.
This one moment in particular spread on the Internet like wildfire.
Here now are some of our other GIFs.