The Democratic debate quickly intensified into a heated showdown Wednesday night as candidates wasted no time in tearing into Michael Bloomberg ― and each another ― during the billionaire presidential contender’s first appearance on the debate stage.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) set the tone, taking aim at Bloomberg from the get-go by pointing to the former New York City mayor’s controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy, which disproportionately affected Black and Latino people.
“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians,” Warren said. “And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”
Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, also dove in, blasting Sanders and Bloomberg as the “two most polarizing figures on this stage.”
Warren went on to go after Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) for their health care proposals, labeling Buttigieg’s “thin” plan as nothing more than a “PowerPoint” and scorning Klobuchar’s as nothing more than a “Post-It Note.”
“I take personal offense because Post-It Notes were invented in my state,” Klobuchar replied. Buttigieg countered that he was “more of a Microsoft Word guy.”
Later, the two Midwestern candidates exchanged blows. Buttigieg criticized Klobuchar for forgetting the name of Mexico’s president, and Klobuchar accused him of “trying to say that I’m dumb.” They faced off again toward the end of the debate: Klobuchar derided the mayor’s lack of experience, and Buttigieg retorted that you “don’t have to be in Washington to matter.”
As things on the debate stage spiced up, so did the reactions on Twitter. Here’s a glimpse of what viewers had to say.
"Candidates, please raise your hand if you wanna talk some big sh*t about Bloomberg" pic.twitter.com/58WPR9LoSC— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 20, 2020
Every interaction between Pete and Amy Klobuchar has the energy of this video https://t.co/hRpFQeGnL6— Ryan Brooks (@ryanbrooks) February 20, 2020
frankly, we're wasting our time investing in renewable energy because there is no fuel source purer or more plentiful than amy klobuchar's visceral hatred for pete— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 20, 2020
Is this debate the patriarchy because Liz Warren is crushing it— Jake Maccoby (@jdmaccoby) February 20, 2020
I'm eating the rich vicariously through Liz Warren— Erin effing golden Ryan (@morninggloria) February 20, 2020
"I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete" -@amyklobuchar— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) February 20, 2020
My god, this is Bravo level drama
Klobuchar waiting for Mayor Pete after the debate. pic.twitter.com/Vm0bVxGNSd— Tuxedo Mask (@TheLoveBel0w) February 20, 2020
I have never hated anything as much as Amy Klobuchar hates Pete Buttigieg and I once accidentally went on a date with a confederate Civil War re-enactor.— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) February 20, 2020
Bloomberg brought a wallet to a knife fight.— Bruce Mehlman (@bpmehlman) February 20, 2020
Warren's advisors: Senator, we need you to get a bit more aggressive in the debate.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 20, 2020
Warren: Say no more.#DemDebate
"post-it notes were invented in my state" is a hall of fame klobucharism— Matt Pearce 🦅 (@mattdpearce) February 20, 2020
Warren: Amy's bunk ass healthcare plan was written on a post-it note!— Miles (@milesofgray) February 20, 2020
Sen Klobuchar: pic.twitter.com/A8BVlExx7Q
”I’m more of a Microsoft word guy” is a devastating self own. pic.twitter.com/8RVkrIerR3— Matt Bernico (@Matt_Bernico) February 20, 2020
Somebody stop and frisk Liz Warren. She came with a murder weapon.— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) February 20, 2020
lester holt: thanks for being here— Very Calm Sporting Enthusiast (@CalmSporting) February 20, 2020
liz warren: mike bloomberg is an absolute piece of shit
Everyone but Mayor Pete can't wait to dunk on Bloomberg pic.twitter.com/mRaKHfTWUA— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 20, 2020
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.