Presidential Debate: Viewers Call Out Trump's Sniffling on Social Media
Former presidential candidate Howard Dean asked: "Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?"
Does Donald Trump have a cold?
Moments after the first presidential debate of the general election began on Monday night, viewers of the NBC event quickly noticed the GOP nominee appeared to be under the weather.
In his opening remarks during the broadcast of his face-off with Hillary Clinton, Trump could be heard sniffling. The act, on the heels of months of the Trump campaign questioning Clinton's health records and highlighting her recent bout of pneumonia, quickly had Twitter users questioning if Trump himself had a head cold.
"I'm VERY VERY worried about Trump's health. What is he hiding?" posted Patton Oswalt, while many others in the media and in Hollywood called out his sniffing. A half hour into the debate, a @TrumpSniff handle was even created.
After the debate concluded, Howard Dean, a former presidential candidate and governor of Vermont, even asked: "Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?"
The debate, held at Hofstra University in New York, aired live and commercial-free on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as cable news channels including CNN, Fox News, CNBC and MSNBC. Watch a replay of the live stream here.
See the reactions on social media below.
Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 27, 2016
SNIIIIFFFFFFFFFFF. SNIFF SNIFF SNIFF. I'm VERY VERY worried about Trump's health. What is he hiding? #Debates2016— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 27, 2016
Debate so far "That's sniff called sniff business sniff, by sniff the sniff way." If she's baiting him, it's working.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 27, 2016
Drinking game: one, every time he sniffs take a.... (UNCONSCIOUS)— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) September 27, 2016
Does Donnie have a cold or did he sniff something pre debate?— Paul Wesley (@paulwesley) September 27, 2016
If "SNIFF" is in your drinking game - you may already need a designated driver. #debatenight— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) September 27, 2016
Is the @realdonaldtrump "sniff" like the Al Gore sigh? Is it playing on TV as distracting?— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) September 27, 2016
China is the best! (sniff sniff) -Donald Trump #debatenight— Rory Albanese (@RoryAlbanese) September 27, 2016
Quick someone start a @trumpsniffle account #debatenight— Robin Thede (@robinthede) September 27, 2016
Trump is sniffling because he's allergic to the Constitution— Colin Jost (@ColinJost) September 27, 2016
Trump keeps sniffling. Is he... SICK?! Or is he sad about something?— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) September 27, 2016
Why is Donald Trump SNIFFING so much? Is he sick? should we worry about his HEALTH?— Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) September 27, 2016
Trump was making fun of Hillary’s health but if he sniffs one more time i’m calling 911.— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) September 27, 2016
This sniffle is the new Durst burp— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 27, 2016