Stars and pundits didn’t wait for the vice presidential debate to end Tuesday before they started unleashing an avalanche of insults at both GOP candidate Mike Pence and his Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine.
“Condescending,” “smug” and “liars” were just a few of the choice epithets lobbed at the pair, who met for 90 minutes of live televised debate from Virginia.
Who won the debate, it seemed, depended simply on which side of the political divide one sits.
“They are both liars,” tweeted “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum, referring to Pence and GOP nominee Donald Trump.
“Kaine comes across as a total jerk,” conservative host Laura Ingraham wrote.
Pence comes across as gracious and serious. Kaine comes across as a total jerk.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) October 5, 2016
Fox News host Geraldo Rivera thought that Russia was a weak spot for the Trump-Pence ticket.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) October 5, 2016
Kennedy family member and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver seemed to think no one was winning.
Is this swaying any voters? Does this impact your vote one way or another? #VPDebate
– Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) October 5, 2016
And so it went all night, a back-and-forth all across Twitter as the famous and influential batted for their team or threw up hands in despair.
Avalanche of insults?! @timkaine didn’t even get through 1/8 of the list of insults!
– Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) October 5, 2016
A weird night. I think Pence may be setting himself up to win the debate itself but lose the post-debate debate. https://t.co/1foo61U1CL
– Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) October 5, 2016
#vpdebate summary: Pence is a patient adult. Kaine is a impudent toddler. Quijano is a doormat.
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 5, 2016
Pence’s look is so condescending.
I bet I know 2 vice presidential candidates that have had nervous diarrhea all day
Are any Democrats not smug?
– Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) October 5, 2016
And then a certain actor weighed in with thoughts on what really matters:
I wish I had been there when their two teams were negotiating who was going to wear the red versus the blue tie.
– RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) October 5, 2016