September 29, 2020

Our Official Drinking Game for the First Presidential Debate With Your Suggestions

Oh boy, this debate is going to be… something. No matter how much of a chaotic nightmare tonight may turn out to be (there’s a 95-percent chance it will), there’s always something fun to get out of an event that America views together!

A trend that’s emerged in recent elections is assembling rules for a drinking game whenever there’s some big, televised political event. Already, many sites have published their drinking games for tonight’s debate with their own sets of rules. A dilemma I’ve come across is that there are too many rules that different people have come up with—which rules make for the best drinking game?!

Sara A. Carter asked you all on Twitter for some of your own drinking-game suggestions. So, I’ve compiled some of your best suggestions and some of the better rules across the internet that people have come up with to save all of you the time and effort in selecting your perfect drinking game.

I’ve organized this list into what to take a shot for, what to take a sip of any other drink for, and what to chug your drink for. Feel free to choose whichever of these rules you and your friends want to follow!

As a reminder, please drink only if you are of the legal drinking age and do so responsibly!

And with all that being said, let’s get into the debate spirit! (You see what I did there?)

Take a sip whenever…

  • A candidate speaks past their time limit
  • Either candidate loses their place mid-sentence and completely changes direction
  • Trump says: “Radical Left”
  • Biden starts a sentence with: “look…”
  • Trump says: “Jina” (China)
  • Biden says: “Uuuuhhhh…”

Take a shot whenever…

  • Biden says: “C’mon, man!”
  • Trump says: “Fake news”
  • Biden says: “folks”
  • Trump says: “WRONG” (pronounced as “rawng”)
  • Biden says: “Y’know, the thing…”
  • Moderator Chris Wallace has to interrupt one of the candidates
  • Trump mentions Hunter Biden
  • BONUS: Two shots when Trump says: “China Virus”

Chug your drink whenever…

  • A candidate spars with Chris Wallace
  • The candidates get into a yelling match
  • The crowd erupts into a deafening noise

I hope you have fun with these suggestions!

No matter who you plan to vote for, the presidential debates serve as a common experience that millions of Americans share together every four years. Amidst the most divisive election that we have seen in ages (certainly in my 23 years on this planet), it’s events like these and the traditions we’ve created to go along with them that prove we can find even the slightest bit of unity in the most contentious of places.

The debate will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, and is scheduled to air from 9 to 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time).

Sources: The Washingtonian, What The Husk, PorchDrinking.com

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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