After Wednesday night's debate, Stephen Colbert made fun of the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump puppet exchange by reenacting it with sock puppets. Moderator Chris Wallace's question about WikiLeaks during the debate devolved into finger pointing about Russian president Vladimir Putin. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump pointed fingers about who would be Putin's puppet president, but Colbert and Twitter users already knew who the puppet was. "That was less juvenile than the debate," said Colbert after making the orange puppet kiss the blue puppet.
"Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States," said Secretary Clinton about Russian President Vladimir Putin. "You're the puppet!" Trump countered, taking his traditional elementary school approach.
Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton on relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin: "You're the puppet." https://t.co/bDR3inJaZ8 pic.twitter.com/HmaRO2aVdU
— ABC News (@ABC) October 20, 2016
Trump claimed twice during the debate that he didn't know Putin, but would be pleased if he could get along with the infamous Russian leader. In September, Trump told NBC's Matt Lauer that Putin was better leader than President Barack Obama. "If he's going to say great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him," Trump said of Putin in September.
Following the puppet exchange, the internet exploded in memes, gifs, and tweets of puppets from Kermit to Elmo.
I'm definitely not a puppet. - @TheTrumpPuppet #Trump #Trump2016 #DonaldTrump #TheTrumpPuppet https://t.co/HadaHFP5H8 — The Trump Puppet (@TheTrumpPuppet) January 26, 2016
Album name: Bad Hombres Track list: Bigly I Don't Know Putin You're the Puppet Radical Islamic Terrorism You'd Be in Jail Build a Wall — Andrew Katz (@katz) October 20, 2016
“We would very much like to be excluded from this narrative.” Puppet Spokesperson #debatenight pic.twitter.com/NO1YMYtZqO — Jamie Golden (@jamiebgolden) October 20, 2016
Hillary: you're the puppet
Trump: no YOU'RE THE PUPPET
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) October 20, 2016
Chris Wallace's original question for Clinton was about her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs. Clinton said that her quote from the speech, "My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders” was in fact in reference to energy, and that the WikiLeaks was being fed the information from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump's line of thought then went Russia, ISIS, nuclear war, puppet, puppet, puppet.