Donald Trump sniffles becomes first debate meme
During Monday night’s first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, many people were saying stuff about Trump’s runny nose.
The GOP nominee was mocked online early in the debate for sniffing as he spoke, with jokes taking over Twitter using the hashtag #trumpsniffle. Later in the evening an actual parody account was launched, @trumpsniffle, which also mocked Trump’s runny nose.
Not everyone, however, thought Trump was sniffing — namely Trump himself. He told Fox & Friends there were no sniffs.
“No, no sniffles. You know, the mic was very bad, but maybe it was good enough to hear breathing,” Trump said on Tuesday morning. “But no sniffles. No cold.”
Trump also claimed his mic “didn’t work” despite no apparent issues. “My mic was terrible. I wonder if it was set up that way on purpose,” he said. “I don’t want to believe in conspiracy theories, of course.”
While Trump’s sniffles were mocked by late-night hosts, including Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah, the biggest jab at his runny nose came from former Democratic National Committee head Howard Dean.
“Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?” Dean wrote.
An intrepid YouTube user also compiled every single Trump sniffle from the debate into a handy mash-up video.
Check out more jabs about Trump’s nose below.