Trump dominates Twitter conversation during tense debate

Courtesy: @gov/Twitter
Courtesy: @gov/Twitter

ST. LOUIS, MO (WBAY) – People have used words like “nasty”, “bitter”, and “nuclear” to describe Sunday night’s presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

That tense 90 minutes at Washington University translated to big numbers for social media giant Twitter. In fact, it was the most Tweeted debate ever, with more than 17 million debate-related messages sent out.

The Twitter Government and Elections team further broke down the numbers and trending topics:


If Tweets translated to votes, Donald Trump would be well ahead in this race. Trump dominated the conversation on Twitter over Hillary Clinton. @gov says the final share of Twitter debate conversation around the candidates on stage was 64 percent for Trump and 36 percent fo Clinton.

The Top 3 Tweeted Moments belonged to Trump.

@gov says they are:

  1. Trump says he disagrees with Pence in regards to Syria policy
  2. Trump says he’s a gentleman
  3. Trump says Hillary would be in jail in his administration


Talk of Trump’s sexually-aggressive comments caught on video during a 2005 interview, and allegations of sexual assault against former President Bill Clinton, provided for uncomfortable moments on the debate stage. That’s what people were talking about.

@gov reports there were more Tweets about the “discussion of Trump’s treatment of women than regarding any area of policy.”

There was some room for policy issues facing our country. The Most-Tweeted policies were:

  1. Terrorism
  2. Foreign affairs
  3. The economy
  4. Healthcare
  5. Guns


A Tweet from Moustafa Bayoumi was retweeted 60,000 times during the debate. It was reaction to a voter question about how the candidates plan to temper the rise of Islamophobia in the United States. Trump said he thought Islamophobia is a “shame.” However, it was the second part of his response that made headlines. He said, “Muslims have to report the problems when they see them.”

Bayoumi’s Tweet: “I’m a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri.”


The man in the red sweater who questioned the candidates about their energy policies has inexplicably become an internet superstar. Ken Bone, an undecided voter, has inspired memes in which he’s portrayed as “Obi Wan Kenbone.”  Some have called him the MVP of the debate.

A search of the hashtag #KenBone brings up: