One of the most shocking moments of last night's presidential debate was when Donald Trump's microphone was cut, and Twitter has absolutely lost it.
Keep on reading to see it for yourselves...
Last night, Donald Trump and Joe Biden met for the last presidential debate less than 2 weeks before election day.
via: GettyAfter months of mounting tensions, Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, faced each other for one last time.
The debate took place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee...
via: GettyAnd was moderated by NBC News correspondent, Kristen Welker.
It was equally as crucial for both Trump and Biden...
via: GettyBecause, though Biden has a significant lead in the national polls, the gap between him and Trump is gradually reducing in the battleground states.
However, the evening ran a little differently from the other debates.
via: GettyRemember the first presidential debate, wherein Trump and Biden incessantly spoke over and interrupted one another?
It was utterly shambolic, wasn't it?
via: GettyAnd the second debate fared no better.
Following President Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, a virtual debate was pitched...
via: GettyBut, of course, the president refused point-blank to do this. So, in a historic first, the second debate was canceled and both candidates went on to attend their own town hall events - on different channels, at the exact same time.
And, in order for the third event to actually take place (and in an orderly manner...)
via: GettyThe Commission on Presidential Debates came up with a new rule.
The ninety-minute debate was divided into fifteen-minute segments...
via: GettyAnd at the start of each new topic, each candidate had 2 minutes of uninterrupted time during which the opponent’s microphone was firmly switched off.
Both campaigns agreed to the new rule...
via: GettyAnd, as has been done before, the moderator ensured that equal amounts of time were given to both the speakers over the course of the ninety minutes.
Of course, anticipations for this crucial event were high...
via: GettyMainly because this is Trump's last chance to salvage the little reputation he has left.
But, almost instantly...
via: GettyThe president seemed to be struggling with the debate's new "no interruptions" rule.
I mean, we all knew this would happen, didn't we?
via: GettyAdmittedly, Trump allowed Biden to have his say (though this may be thanks to his muted microphone).
But his face really did say it all.
via: GettyTrump doesn't have the best poker face in the world and gave away his struggle with silence last night.
And, of course, people were quick to point it out online.
Watching Donald Trump try to control himself is the most hilarious thing ever. His instinct is to interrupt and nev… https://t.co/nGobTWe7EO— FlyntofRWBY (@FlyntofRWBY)1603416034.0
Facial expressions aside, over the course of the debate, several topics were covered.
via: GettyIncluding the coronavirus pandemic, the environment, immigration, and foreign policy.
The exchanges were sharp, to say the least.
via: GettyAnd some even pointed out how much of a calmer performance Trump gave compared to the previous debate.
via: GettyIt didn't take long for the president to go back to his usual old ways.
Trump was the first candidate to have his microphone harshly cut off due to him speaking too much when discussing healthcare...
@therecount Trump: Excuse me ☝️, I am still lying! #Debates2020 https://t.co/g47x3dwtW5— Shango (@Shango)1603455724.0
@therecount I don’t know why it hasn’t been cut more. He’s been getting as rude as in the first debate and talking… https://t.co/7sgYOwFN2v— 🌊 GUPPY@🏠🌊 (@🌊 GUPPY@🏠🌊)1603418551.0
Did his mic just get cut? OMG. I've been dreaming of that moment for the last four years.— Diana Butler Bass (@Diana Butler Bass)1603417771.0
I tuned in specifically to see Trump's mic get cut while he's speaking. Come ON— Sara Schaefer (@Sara Schaefer)1603417684.0
THEY CUT HIS MIC I-#Debates2020 https://t.co/i6KW2odApS— yarrell 💛 (@yarrell 💛)1603417783.0
I LIKE THE WAY THEY CUT OFF THE MIC ONCE THE TIME IS UP. THEY DON'T WANT A REPEAT OF THE LAST DEBATE LMAOO 💀— mel ⁷ 🦕 23k primos for xiao (@mel ⁷ 🦕 23k primos for xiao)1603417787.0
The American people to the employee who cut Trump’s mic off https://t.co/LDR1t3WiIV— Justin (@Justin)1603417884.0
Cut that fucking mic! Yes!— Eric Vale (@Eric Vale)1603417876.0
Y'all did they just cut 45*'s mic because he was over his time? 😂— Miss Aja (@Miss Aja)1603417803.0
@therecount @CillizzaCNN I hope the button broke so she can’t turn it back on 😂— Dr. Tanya (@Dr. Tanya)1603418210.0
Here's the iconic moment...
It appears Trump's mic was cut as he was speaking about health care. #Debates2020 https://t.co/4LQuaAfgjg— The Recount (@The Recount)1603417949.0