Even conservatives were disgusted by Donald Trump’s debate performance last night

Social media’s response to Monday’s Trump-Hillary debate went pretty much as expected. Donald Trump was a mess, and Hillary Clinton was steady; it was perfect fodder for the Twittersphere.

But the mockery of Trump’s performance didn’t just come from gloating liberals. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the fact that there’s a healthy anti-Trump movement from figures on the right.

The backlash from conservatives was notable, with some calling Trump’s debating strategy an “unmitigated disaster,” and others saying that it wasn’t befitting of a potential president.

Below is a sampling (tweets compiled by Media Matters):

GOP political strategist, John Weaver:


GOP political strategist, Stuart Stevens:

The National Review’s David French:

The Federalist’s Tom Nichols:

The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol:

The National Review’s Jim Geraghty:

Conservative radio host Charlie Sykes:

The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens:


The New York Post’s John Podhoretz:

The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro (formerly of Breitbart):

The Media Research Center’s Dan Joseph:

The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes:

RedState’s Erick Erickson:


Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.

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