Presidential Debate or Snapchat Feud?

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“Donald J. Trump v.s. Crooked Hilary.” Sound familiar? This was written on an obviously biased Snapchat geofilter along with Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Donald Trump had purchased a national geofilter for the Presidential Debate that was held yesterday, September 26th.


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Instead of buying young voters like he planned to, Trump bought negative feedback. Twitter was spewing out negative responses along the lines of “I love how Trump is talking about how Clinton paid for negative ads when Trump literally paid for a geofilter that called her ‘Crooked Clinton’ (@Kkylewood)” and “He has to be the biggest child that ever ran for president (@StephenOssola)”.

This wasn’t the first time a presidential candidate used social media—especially Snapchat—to gain popularity of the young millennials. Clinton had used Snapchat as a campaigning platform for a long time. Young millennials, especially the younger teenage folks out there, never read until the end. The shorter, the better. For these students, Clinton used Snapchat to highlight the times when Trump made fun of a reporter’s disability and insulted Mexican immigrants. Although the campaigning on Snapchat by Clinton continued without negative responses, Trump’s geofilter earned negative publicity.

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Despite the amount of money Trump spent on the national geofilter and the number of times he interrupted Clinton (29, by the way), CNN poll states that 62% of the voters say that Clinton won the Presidential Debate last night compared to the 27% Trump received. From the highlights pulled by New York Times, it’s quite obvious who won. When Clinton pressed Trump’s claims about how he was against the invasion of Iraq from the beginning, he interrupted her by saying “Wrong” instead of an actual argument. As expected, the Presidential Debate was a time when people could turn on their television and watch two candidates talk trash about each other. A photo of sad Bernie Sanders watching the Presidential Debate went viral on Twitter with responses like “He should have been up there” and “Bernie looks like a sad old man wistfully watching the city burn in a dystopian film (@samanthasays)”.

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