MSU students react on social media to third presidential debate

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When presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met for the highly-anticipated third and final debate on Oct. 19, social media was to react to every insult, policy debate, gaffe and sexual assault allegation.

To see how Michigan State University students were reacting, we monitored Twitter before, during and after the debate. We wanted to understand how students, many of whom are preparing to vote their first election, felt about what was being said — and not said.

We assessed the reactions, categorized them and pulled together some of the highlights from the night.

Pre-debate preparation: Because we can’t stop watching.
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Understanding Trump: It requires a new dictionary
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Wait. We’re confused. Who is a “puppet”? The candidates point the finger.
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Donald Trump’s infamous sniffles returned
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Hillary’s policies — and pantsuit — failed to wow 
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How many people can speak at once? Everyone, even the moderator, was talking over each other
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screen-shot-2016-10-22-at-1-54-48-pmThe system is rigged! (Or not?)

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At least now we know how to handle our midterms
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     We might just sleep until it’s all over
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