A bit less shout-filled than the first, the third presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump went on.
However, it did have a muted moment that got people on social media talking.
Peppering his debate with a lot of his favorite buzzwords, Trump brought out a substantial number of things you’d find on conventional Facebook in sparring with Joe Biden. However, he mentioned something during a talk about immigration got people upset, and a little bewildered, was when Trump mentioned “coyotes” carrying immigrants across the U.S./Mexican border.
“These children are brought here by coyotes and lots of bad people, cartels, and they used to use them to get into our country,” Trump said.
Confused, people fact-checked online, “coyote” is a term used for someone who traffics others across the border, often for pay. Several people were quick to fact check the testimonial online, though it didn’t make people feel any better about the remark.
Similar to what he said about Mexican immigrants, the line came in a narrative that Trump enforced. The statement was when he first announced he ran for president four years ago, that “rapists” and “murderers” were coming through the border to harm Americans.
Trump’s “coyotes” comment also came when talking about the more than 500 children that were reportedly separated from their parents and have not been reunited.
That got Avengers star Mark Ruffalo upset online as well.
Others made note that it was about children at the border as well.
Many thought that, the way Trump said it, he was talking about actual coyotes.
In general, though, people really wanted to make jokes and struggled to find moments for it on Thursday.
In a debate that didn’t have the massive fireworks of the first, it was certainly a remark that, for better or worse, stood out.