Gary Johnson and Bill Weld live tweeted during the presidential debate, straight from Twitter’s office in Chelsea, New York. They didn’t mince words when responding to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s answers, or providing their own responses to debate questions. If their tweets are any indication, the debate would have been well-served if the Commission allowed Johnson on the debate stage. Hopefully he will be included for the second and third debates.
Here are some of their best tweets during the debate.
His first tweet showed his displeasure at being left out:
Trump and Clinton talked about bringing jobs back to the U.S. Here was Johnson’s answer:
Clinton talked about lowering taxes, but Johnson said that her plan actually would cause taxes to rise:
This is Johnson’s tax plan:
He had tough words for both Clinton and Trump when it came to helping the middle class:
And, he pointed out, neither candidate promoted free trade:
His tweets were funny at times too, although also painfully on point. His sarcastic side would be a refreshing addition to the debate:
The two party system needs to end, and Johnson gave one reason why:
But he did tweet when he agreed with them, which happened sometimes. However, he was quick to point out when he didn’t, such as Clinton’s ideas for reforming the criminal justice system.
And Trump’s idea for fixing the criminal justice issues involved bringing back a controversial stop-and-frisk policy. Johnson wasn’t going to have any of that:
While they talked about cyberwarfare, Johnson addressed the issue neither side would discuss: Edward Snowden.
And while they debated who supported the Iraq war, Johnson pointed out that he never did:
In the end, he agreed with both candidates on one major point:
And he had a very powerful point to make when they started discussing stamina. It would have been great to see Johnson on the debate stage for that conversation:
Johnson is polling around or just shy of 10 percent in the major national polls. He needs to reach 15 percent to be included in the debates. There’s still a chance, and his supporters are hoping to get the word out about their candidate so he can join Clinton and Trump on the debate stage soon.