The next presidential election is over 490 days away. That's right -- more than a whole damn year away. Nonetheless, the 2020 election cycle is underway with the first of two Democratic debates taking place Wednesday night. (The second is on Thursday night.) And while it was considered the kid's table, it surely separated some candidates from the pack.
The first debate featured Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan.
Surely, there will be countless hot takes for you to read and interpret. But, in case you didn't watch the debates, or didn't watch along with social media, we've compiled some of the best ones to help you (re)live the first debate in a long, long, long journey to the general election.
There were entirely too many candidates in the first place:
\u201call these tall men .............. armie hammer gonna be employed for the next 30 years\u201d
\u201cElizabeth Warren, according to my watch-buddy @keithboykin, has spoken seven times, the most of anyone. \n\nShe\u2019s definitely having the strongest showing of anyone tonight. #DemocraticDebate\u201d
\u201cCastro was the first person to mention the Equality Act and trans women. #DemDebate\u201d
— Tre'vell Anderson (@Tre'vell Anderson)
\u201cIt is interesting to see both @BetoORourke and @CoryBooker speak Spanish as part of their answers while Julian Castro, who would become the first Hispanic and Latino American president, sticks to English and lays out specific plans.\u201d
\u201cI cannot believe I just heard a presidential candidate in a network debate talk about the crisis of violence against trans people of color. It\u2019s a small, but powerful step forward just to hear that acknowledgment. Thank you Cory Booker. #DemDebate\u201d
And, of course, y'all's little President obviously had some thoughts:
\u201cQuit tweeting about your sex life during the #DemDebate.\u201d
— Jack\u00e9e Harry (@Jack\u00e9e Harry)
\u201c.@NBCNews and @MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate. Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a FAKE NEWS Organization, which they are!\u201d