The Arab world’s reaction to the US presidential debate
The Arab world twittersphere came to life when Republican Donald Trump went head to head with his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton
The Arab world’s twittersphere came to life when Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump went head to head with his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate of the 2016 elections.
The two candidates exchanged jibes throughout the night, with each not holding back when it came to dismissing the other. Much of the world’s reactions were negative toward the debate, and others were more pro-Hillary.
#PresidentialDebate was a competition of who knows how to savage best— Ghalia (@Ghaliaachaker) September 27, 2016
Why am I up watching the #PresidentialDebate live when I'm not even American? Because it's fascinating drama more than any other film.— Faisal Hashmi (@FaisalHashmi) September 27, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s statements stirred uproar on social media. Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Twitter: “Trump repeated his stupid idea of making Saudi Arabia and another country pay the price for what he described as protecting them. This is negativity. However, he criticized Clinton because the deal with Iran did not include Yemen.”
كرر ترامب فكرته الحمقاء عن تدفيع السعودية ودولة اخرى تكلفة ما وصفه حمايتهم ،هذه سلبية ،ولكن انتقد كلينتون ان الاتفاق مع ايران لم يشمل اليمن.— جمال خاشقجي (@JKhashoggi) September 27, 2016
In another tweet, Khashoggi commented on the debate in general and said the presidential sparring contest “between Trump and Clinton reminded me of the time when Arabs stayed up to watch the debate among presidential candidates in Egypt five years ago.”
ذكرتني #مناظره_ترامب_و_كلينتون بأخر سهرة للعرب يتابعون شيئا كهذا عندما جرت مناظرة بين مرشحي انتخابات الرئاسة بمصر قبل ٥ أعوام .— جمال خاشقجي (@JKhashoggi) September 27, 2016
"Bigly" is that even a word? What are we in 1st grade? #debatenight— Rawan Bannoura (@RawanBannoura) September 27, 2016