The first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2020 cycle went down last night, concluding two hours of spirited conversation on the topics of immigration, big corporations, climate change, LGBTQ+ rights, the nation’s student debt crisis, and healthcare, among others.
Besides Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts snagging the most MSNBC screen time, at least at the start, there was arguably no clearcut winner or loser among the 10 candidates—except maybe Beto O’Rourke.
To give context to the jokes below, you really just need to know that Beto, Julián Castro, and Cory Booker spoke Spanish, a divisive topic that some appreciated and others deemed shameless pandering. That’s basically it. Also, here’s what President Donald Trump had to say about it:
BORING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019
Here are 29 of the best jokes about the first night of the Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2020 cycle
every single democratic candidate for president looks like they would pick mario in mario kart— leon (@leyawn) June 27, 2019
how close do you think Beto came to attending Fyre Festival— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 27, 2019
i have never seen this person before in my life pic.twitter.com/ovI49JHotZ— David Mack (@davidmackau) June 27, 2019
Elizabeth “you better fucking believe I’ll answer the question you asked” Warren— itsonlyzach (@itsonlyzach) June 27, 2019
DEBATE COACH: What if you said—— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) June 27, 2019
WARREN: If I tell the truth I won’t have to remember anything.
DEBATE COACH: Cool. Cool. Cool.#demdebate
"Senator Warren, what's your plan to deal with Mitch McConnell?"— Erin woke bones Ryan (@morninggloria) June 27, 2019
"I would eat him."
beto hasn’t slept in like a month and a half pic.twitter.com/0Ms3VFGXvQ— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) June 27, 2019
It's been like 10 minutes and I am still thinking about Beto speaking Spanish and Cory Booker's face.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) June 27, 2019
When you forgot to study for the Spanish test pic.twitter.com/vjoiCfujr5— Eric Schmidt (@TalkingSchmidt) June 27, 2019
beto supporters rn pic.twitter.com/DShRpB2Ckd— ertz&pugh&tobin&rapinoe (@carIisIe) June 27, 2019
Q: do you support x?— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) June 27, 2019
Beto: i'll tell you a story. once I was walking down a lovely road, a camino, if you will. I met a very remarkable person. her name was gloria. she had a dream to one day be the example used in a State of the Union address, and I said I would do what I could
when it's 10:22 and they get to climate change pic.twitter.com/ehHVpamegC— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) June 27, 2019
It looks like Bill de Blasio is standing next to a Bill de Blasio comedian mocking everything he does. pic.twitter.com/BlAATnSvei— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) June 27, 2019
this is not a political tweet but i would let elizabeth warren spit in my mouth— Joanna Rothkopf (@joannarothkopf) June 27, 2019
MODERATOR: What's your favorite Wu Tang album?— Renan Borelli (@renan) June 27, 2019
WARREN: What kind of question is --
[beto grabs podium]
BETO: ESPADAS LIQUIDAS
Beto O'Rourke is going to unveil a tattoo he got in Japanese that means honor— David Spector (@spectordeforce) June 27, 2019
Beto O' Rouke is like if gentrification was a person— p.e. garcia (@semioclastia) June 27, 2019
Joe Biden definitely just bought Rosetta Stone #DemDebate— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 27, 2019
John Delaney is like a divorced dad at a busy IHOP trying to get a waitresses attention while his kids have a syrup fight #DemDebate— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) June 27, 2019
Same energy. pic.twitter.com/wi3lEYVohm— Freddie Campion (@FreddieCampion) June 27, 2019
maddow: hang on, real quick—congresswoman gabbard, what do you think LGBT stands for?— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) June 27, 2019
tulsi: that would be Lesbian... Gay.... Bisexual....
tulsi: and of course. Terrariums
Tim Ryan looks like if you gave me 4 minutes to try and draw Bill de Blasio. pic.twitter.com/1kpPS2WrSU— Kyle Ayers (@kyleayers) June 27, 2019