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The Wildest Moments From the Second Democratic Debate, Night Two

We’re going to need more Colorox wipes. Photo: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Night two of the Detroit Democratic debates is in the books. There weren’t as many sparks as there were on night one, but there were hecklers. Here are the most entertaining moments from the last of the debates with this ridiculously large field (qualifying for the next debate is much harder, thankfully).

‘Go easy on me, kid’

Joe Biden began the night with yet another cringe-worthy moment. As each candidate was brought to the stage, Biden welcomed Kamala Harris with some good old-fashioned condescension. “Go easy on me, kid,” Biden said to the 54-year-old United States senator. The context was clear: in last month’s debate, Harris forcefully went after Biden’s record on busing and segregation in schools. Biden has said he was unprepared for the confrontation and subsequently vowed to not be caught off guard again. Later, it would become clear that he asked the wrong senator to play nice.


— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 1, 2019

Protesters chant ‘Fire Pantaleo’

It began, quietly, during Bill de Blasio’s opening statement, and crescendoed during Cory Booker’s. Chants of “Fire Pantaleo” rang through the Fox Theater in Detroit as protesters were removed and the action on the stage came to a halt.

charges against Pantaleo were dropped.

@TamikaDMallory and @lindasarsour just physically removed protesting DeBlasio!!! #demdebate #demdebate2

— Elyssa (@ElyssaK) August 1, 2019


— Variety (@Variety) August 1, 2019

Dunking on Uncle Joe

There were no shortage of moments in which candidates with lower poll numbers than Biden (all of them) put the former vice president in their cross hairs.

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 1, 2019


— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 1, 2019


— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 1, 2019

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 1, 2019

Her attack on Biden was a bit more nuanced. Gillibrand pressed Biden on an op-ed he wrote as a senator outlining his opposition to the child-tax credit. In the op-ed, Gillibrand said, Biden claimed that women working outside of the home would lead to “the deterioration of family.”

— CNN (@CNN) August 1, 2019

direct viewers to text JOE to 30330. Instead, he said, “Go to Joe 3-0-3-3-0, and help me in this fight.” Immediately, Pete Buttigieg’s campaign team bought up and redirected it to the South Bend mayor’s website – and then a battle over the URL ensued. What a world.

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 1, 2019

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