#WhitesAgainstTrump Trends During GOP Debate — Here Are the Best Responses

Source: AP
Source: AP

The GOP candidates took the stage Tuesday night for the fifth Republican debate — and countless Americans rushed to Twitter and reacted to politicians' remarks in real time. Current frontrunner and real estate mogul Donald Trump continued to cause outrage with calls to shut down the internet and close the United States' borders to all Muslims. On Tuesday evening, possibly in response to Trump's seemingly unchecked rise to the top of the GOP heap, a new hashtag emerged on Twitter: #WhitesAgainstTrump.

The hashtag appears to have been started by comedian and activist W. Kamau Bell, who issued a call to action to white opponents of Trump on his Facebook page last week. "It is up to you to silence Donald Trump," Bell wrote. "I don't care if you had no plans to vote for Trump or anybody, if you are white, he is your problem above all else. Simply put, white people, come get your boy." 

During Tuesday's debate, Bell tweeted out his sentiments again: 

Twitter heard his call. Soon hundreds of debate viewers were raising their voices against Trump with the hashtag #WhitesAgainstTrump:

And it seemed that some Twitter users were overjoyed to finally be able to join a political movement they could really get behind:

Trump took the debate stage Tuesday night alongside eight other Republican contenders. Four candidates who did not meet CNN's debate criteria were relegated to an undercard debate earlier in the day. 

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