Thursday night marked the sixth Republican presidential debate, and an important event for the candidates as it was the first real showdown in election year 2016. Fox Business Network hosted the debate at 9 p.m. in North Charleston, South Carolina. Yet ahead of the main stage debate, Twitter users had plenty to share concerning the year's first gathering of Republican presidential hopefuls. Though a lot of measured, intelligent points and useful data were shared on social media in the hours leading up to the main event, no small amount of heckling also surfaced.
Here's a roundup of some of the best heckling Twitter users could muster before the debate:
Some users evoked classics film characters and TV personalities to express their opinion of the candidates:
Others suggested watching Donald Trump trumps physical and emotional pain:
GIFs and memes included political cartoons:
While others ranged from the perverse (Mike Huckabee talked about prayer)...
...to the utterly bizarre:
And while some Twitter users were genuinely confused:
Others still were out for blood:
Participating in Thursday's debate were Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina participated in an undercard debate at 6 p.m. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Fiorina were bumped from the main debate on Thursday, though Paul opted not to participate.
Correction: Jan. 15, 2016