The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden concluded Thursday night (Oct. 22) but not without some expected back and forth. At one particularly testy exchange, Biden took a joking dig at Trump comparing himself to President Abraham Lincoln, sparking some hilarious responses on Twitter.
With the election just 10 days out, the debate hosted by the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with Kristen Welker of NBC moderating, who did an excellent job of reeling in both men and keeping the questions and the responses from the rivals front and center.
Welker shifted the topic of questioning to race matters, in particular, the Black Lives Matter movement, which has become a frequent target of conservative pundits in recent weeks. Biden seized upon the moment and took the dig after Trump wildly claimed he’s done more for Black Americans than any other president aside from Lincoln.
Again, it should be mentioned that Lincoln’s lone feat of note for Black Americans is the official ending of slavery with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which of course did nothing to address the rampant racism that continues in modern times.
“Abraham Lincoln here is one of the most racist presidents we’ve had in modern history,” Biden said towards Trump. “He pours fuel on every single racist fire. Every single one.”
Trump attempted to fire back, saying that he never mentioned the comparison but the damage was done and the fact remains in times past, he has done so. Amazingly, Trump appeared to take Biden way too literally as are some conservative pundits.
On Twitter, the responses to Biden’s Lincoln jab towards Trump poured in and we’ve got the best of them below.
Abraham Stinkin’: Joe Biden Digs At Donald Trump’s Abraham Lincoln Comparison, Twitter Reacts was originally published on hiphopwired.com
Tonight the least racist person in the room who is better than Abraham Lincoln knows that wind kills birds.— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 23, 2020
Abraham Lincoln seeing Trump compare himself to him pic.twitter.com/WyvZAAIhGk— Jack (@Roi_da_boi) October 23, 2020
they only taught us about two presidents during black history month— jarvis johnson (@jarvis) October 23, 2020
1. Abraham Lincoln
2. Donald Trump
Debate : a man said that he’s done more for black people than anyone...Except “possibly” Abraham Lincoln. Go vote for the guy that did not say that. For the love of god.— Antony Starr (@antonystarr) October 23, 2020
#AbrahamLincoln— TehFortiscor (@TehFortiscor) October 23, 2020
The amount of people unable to follow the comment by Biden, and believe he LITERALLY referred to trump as Abraham Lincoln is a bit concerning. It shows how little people can follow a debate, let alone a conversation.
One of those people is trump....
Win, lose, or draw, “Abraham Lincoln over here...” is going to be funny for a long, long time.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) October 23, 2020
Wait... Joe Biden called Trump “Abraham Lincoln” last night??? pic.twitter.com/zADb4zx59e— Jessica Fyre💫✨ (@TheJessieWoo) October 23, 2020
- "I take full responsibility. It's not my fault."— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) October 23, 2020
- "I'm the least racist person in the room."
- "I know more about wind than Joe."
- "I've done more for blacks than anyone, with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln."
- "Europe is a country."#DebateTonight https://t.co/SdYA631IGg
Find it hilarious that Republicans on Twitter don't get Biden's "Abraham Lincoln" joke🤣🤣🤣🤣. Right over their heads LMFAO 🤣😂🤣.— Amy Lynn 🍭🌊 (@AmyAThatcher) October 23, 2020
Oh, they get it. It just hurt their guy a bit and trying to run interference.
For those of you who chose not to watch the debate because you worried it might go off the rails: been hard to follow but I think Abraham Lincoln, shortly after expressing support for windows of most sizes, just said windmills kill all the birds. So joke’s on you.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 23, 2020
Trump said he's second, only to Abraham Lincoln, when it comes to helping Black Americans, as he tried to destroy Obama by claiming he wasn't born in America and is now actively planning to destroy Obama Care and also falsely accused the Central Park Five of rape.— Political Poet (@mdnij34) October 23, 2020
abraham lincoln was a genocidal racist too. so they can both compare themselves to him. most truthful claim of the night.— Kim TallBear (@KimTallBear) October 23, 2020