On the 16th of September, the Republican candidates running for president in the 2016 election were grilled with questions and asked about their plans to improve the United States of America at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
Americans gathered around their TVs, anxious to see what the candidates had to say about their fellow candidates, their plans for the country, and other crazy antics that popular candidate Donald Trump was possibly going to say. According to the Social Delta timeline of the debate, the tweets were pretty steady throughout the whole debate. Until New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said that he would “prosecute Hillary Clinton” because of her stance on abortion. Surprisingly, the tweets went into a decline rather than an incline. 5 minutes prior to the bashing of Hillary Clinton, the tweets were curated at 2,747 but within the minute of Christie talking about Hillary, the tweets slowed down to 1,502. From the rest of the evening, the tweets seemed to slow down. What is interesting is that the tweets from that moment did hit a steady decline compared to earlier in the debate when there were things brought up that would have been interesting for social media users to tweet about. Around this time of the debate was also when candidate Jeb Bush said that his brother, President George W. Bush, “kept [Americans] safe”, the awkward handshake between candidates Carson and Trump, as well as Jeb Bush admitting to smoking marijuana 40 years ago.
In the timeline above via Social Delta, viewers can see how the tweets were at a pretty steady pace with more than 2,000 tweets per minute to around 1,000+ tweets. If you would like to catch up on what was said at the GOPDebate, please click the link above to check out everything that social media had to say about what was said at the first of many political debates to come in the near future.