Hillary Clinton Memes & Jokes From The First Debate That Are Simply Essential

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton (R) shakes hands with Republican nominee Donald Trump during the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on September 26, 2016. / AFP / Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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We were barely moments into the first presidential debate of the 2016 election when the evening began to yield a handful of moments for the ages (or, at least moments for the span fo time between now and the next debate). And some absolutely essential Hillary Clinton memes have already been sweeping social media

First off, Clinton's initial acknowledgement of Trump was both extremely polite and a totally sick burn:

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/ziwe/status/780575435201675264]
[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/felixntwts/status/780576547728138240]

And she took a page from the Donald himself, turning his habit of developing schoolyard nicknames back onto him:

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/savannah_lb/status/780575922575421440]
[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/sadydoyle/status/780575800219275264]

At many moments throughout the debate, Clinton's reactions to listening to Trump have begged a lot of cultural and pop cultural comparisons:

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[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/lannadelgrey/status/780586028348403712]

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/sarahmirk/status/780599161506762752]

In fact, a number of tweeters noted that Clinton's reactions brought to mind a favorite cultural icon who constantly had to listen to a blowhard rant about nonsense:

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/danibucaro/status/780581979054112769]
[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/iamjoonlee/status/780585500604305410]

She also brought to mind...well, another cultural icon who constantly had to listen to blowhards rant about nonsense:

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/ladypalindrome/status/780593686178590720]

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/shakusky1998/status/780597641969274880]

And, of course, by the debate's end, Clinton's debate performance inspired some memes that summed it all up: 

[Twitter Embed: https://twitter.com/tashsparkles/status/780599455057907713]

You know what they say: "A well-executed meme's worth a thousand think pieces."

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