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Here’s How Social Media Reacted to the Second Presidential Debate

Sunday’s debate was the most tweeted ever

Social media lit up on Sunday night as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in the second presidential debate. The gloves came off in the town-hall showdown at Washington University in St. Louis, and the Internet responded with fervor.

Clinton aimed to seize the moment as Trump staggered from the fallout of a tape released on Saturday exposing him making degrading comments about women, which some people have said amount to an admission of sexual assault. Trump dismissed the remarks as “locker room talk.”

Sunday’s debate was the most tweeted ever, with more than 17 million debate-related tweets sent, Twitter said.

Vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine was confident that Clinton had the win, while his opponent, Mike Pence on the Republican ticket, was equally sure of Trump’s victory.

Internet users were especially responsive to talk about Trump’s disagreement with running mate Pence on the United States’ policy in Syria, referring to himself as a “gentleman” and his suggestion that Clinton should be “locked up”.

Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe who accused Trump of “fat-shaming” tuned in on Sunday.

Some viewers weren’t satisfied with the substance of the debate, saying they wanting to see the candidates take on issues of race and law enforcement in America.

The verdict is still out on this one. Until the next round.

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