A look back on some of the most meme-able moments of the election
The United States is on fire, but these memes are pretty funny.
Nov. 09, 2016
You might be ready to forcibly remove all memories of this election from your mind. But there are still some redeemable moments: the best, most meme-able parts of this roller coaster ride. From the reality-show-esque debates to cringe-worthy Snapchats, despite the election’s end, these moments will haunt us for years to come.
“Please clap” Hey, guys, remember Jeb(!) Bush, everyone’s favorite embodiment of the shy, bullied teen running for student council president against the popular kids? How could you ever forget? My personal favorite moments are the timeless “please clap” and the somewhat mysterious hoodie video.
Ben Carson missing his cue We’ve all had embarrassing moments and made mistakes that kept us up at night. Whenever these memories plague you, just remember: It could not possibly be this bad.
“I’m just chillin’ in Cedar Rapids” This video will truly remain one of the most meme-worthy and cringe-worthy parts of the Clinton campaign. The “More like Chillary Clinton, amirite?” coozie. The #Relatable #Millennial content. The visible and audible double-tap of the screen to flip the camera.**Rand Paul saying he would want his Secret Service code name to be “Justice Never Sleeps”** [I will not let anyone forget this.](http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/17/politics/republican-debate-secret-service-names/) **Gary Johnson sticking his tongue out** Why exactly third-party candidate Gary Johnson stuck his tongue out during this interview will remain one of the greatest mysteries of this election, and maybe one of the greatest mysteries of all human history. **That one time Ted Cruz implied he has sex with rats** The most popular and memorable Ted Cruz meme was the joke that he was secretly the Zodiac Killer. However, my personal favorite Ted Cruz moment is this quote of his: [“Let me be clear: Donald Trump may be a rat, but I have no desire to copulate with him.”](http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a43332/ted-cruz-donald-trump-rat-copulate/) In what may be the best quote from the Republican primary race, Cruz implies that he would have sex with rats (as long as they aren’t Donald Trump). **Balloon party at the DNC** If I knew nothing about the context for these images, I would assume it was Bill Clinton seeing balloons for the first time in his entire life. Actually, that might really be the context for these images. A Bill and his balloons **“Technically you cannot polish any turd”** Anderson Cooper delivered the best fact check of the election:
**Everything about the debates** Even if you didn’t watch the debates, you certainly saw the top-notch aftermath on Twitter. Here’s some of my favorites:
Van Jones: "You can't polish this turd."— Colin Jones (@colinjones) October 20, 2016
Anderson Cooper: "Technically you cannot polish any turd." pic.twitter.com/LcihDMtU1w
This is amazing pic.twitter.com/Wkk7AtdeDh— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) October 10, 2016
you know what? i take it back. the internet is good pic.twitter.com/bEo0LWpdK3— Nick Robinson (@Babylonian) September 27, 2016
"YOU HAVE 2 MINUTES" pic.twitter.com/nQzD7HVC4W— Pelo (@_SrPelo_) September 27, 2016
Of course, there were many more great moments to look back on, like [Melania Trump’s rick roll](http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/26/did-melania-trump-rickroll-america) or [“Birdie” Sanders](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhezYYiTUm0). Let us know your favorites on Twitter at [@MOVEManeater.](http://twitter.com/movemaneater)
thank god anderson coopers jaw is here to make this mess at least bearable— Matt Bellassai (@MattBellassai) October 10, 2016