The final debate before the upcoming presidential election took place in Nashville last night and was a far more sedate affair than the previous televised shouting match. Largely, that was thanks to the magic of mandatory muted mics. (Not to mention, an excellent moderator!)
Overall, there weren’t too many surprises from the night. Joe Biden made direct pleas to the country’s voters to restore the nation’s dignity and character and said “Oh, come on!” roughly 50–100 times. President Trump said coyotes brought children over the border, and that he’d be releasing his taxes very soon. Like, basically tomorrow. His printer just ran out of ink or something.
However, one unexpected moment did take place when the Floridian candidate for president brought up his former hometown of New York. Trump described the American city as a dying, ghost town being crushed under the weight of overpriced plexiglass dividers and full of empty streets. “If you go and look at what has happened to New York, it’s a ghost town. Take a look at what’s happening to New York. It’s dying,” said Trump. “For so many years, I loved it, it was vibrant. It’s dying, everyone’s leaving New York.”
Not surprisingly, New Yorkers who have spent the last year doing everything they can to survive in this economy, and who have shown amazing ingenuity to adapt to our new reality of face masks and social distancing weren’t overly thrilled with the characterization. Many of them quickly took to Twitter to react.
.@realDonaldTrump, New Yorkers are bringing our city back stronger than ever. It’s nothing short of heroic. The only “ghost town “ will be Mar-a-Lago after you’re forced into retirement on Election Day.— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 23, 2020
NEW YORK IS NOT A GHOST TOWN!— Corey Johnson (@CoreyinNYC) October 23, 2020
It’s the greatest city with the greatest people in the world!
Sitting in the “ghost town” and wondering when Trump last came to any of our neighborhoods? #Debate2020— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) October 23, 2020
Trump: NYC is "ghost town" that's "totally shut down"— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) October 23, 2020
Maybe Trump thinks that NYC is a ghost town because it’s decorated for Halloween?— Aquaria 🖤 (@aquariaofficial) October 23, 2020
He thinks New York is a ghost town because every time he’s here all he hears is “Booo” #Debates2020— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) October 23, 2020
if new york is a ghost town, then why am i still pissed at millions of people every single time i leave my apartment— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) October 23, 2020
New York isn't a ghost town, you clown— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 23, 2020
And it's not your city
New York is a ghost town in that it's full of men who've ghosted me— Joseph Longo (@josephlongo_) October 23, 2020
NEW YORK IS NOT A GHOST TOWN I CANNOT GET A TABLE AT LA VARA— Damon Beres 🦇 (@dlberes) October 23, 2020
“New York is a ghost town”— Boo-ugie De La Ghoul (@ashleydelacruz) October 23, 2020
Trying to go to Trader Joe’s: pic.twitter.com/yfHVLRtIuh
The only ghost in this town is the opera ghost and he demands his salary to be paid. #Debates2020— Sierra Boggess (@sierraboggess) October 23, 2020
New York is such a ghosttown that I spent 45 minutes looking for street parking this evening and ended up paying $50 for parking. LOLOL it's fucking P A C K E D here.— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) October 23, 2020
damn right new york is a ghost town pic.twitter.com/fgpowNdeg7— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) October 23, 2020
If New York is a ghost town then why does LA suck so hard— Rachel Sennott (@Rachel_Sennott) October 23, 2020
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