Throughout the months of presidential campaigns, numerous Twitter users coped with the stress of the 2020 presidential election by sharing funny memes containing political jabs. Several citizens from both the Democratic and Republican parties created hilarious jokes that referenced trending news stories and well-known incidents that occurred during political events. Both sides were also quick to take jabs at the opposing candidates, bringing up various situations and quotes from the past.
Some voters expressed their depressed mood for Election Day and felt stressed about the outcome of the race. Through four different photos of distressed women from television shows, one person created a “mood board” to represent their feelings on November 3.
election day moodboard pic.twitter.com/rx90Bc0OYt
— ryan farr (@rymfarr) November 2, 2020
Others who were dreading the election shared popular distraught pictures of actor Ben Affleck standing on a beach and smoking a cigarette. Many people who commented on the meme related to the shots and stated that they just wanted the votes to be counted and not be stuck in uncertainty anymore.
one more sleep. pic.twitter.com/HjsOu3OSwx
— SELF (@SELFmagazine) November 2, 2020
Members of the Democratic Party used the well-known “Distracted Boyfriend” meme to take a jab at the way the president handled the coronavirus. They suggested that Trump ignored the warning signs about the disease and instead focused on other less important things like golfing. The snap also suggested that by doing so, he ignored the needs of the country.
American Bridge is rolling out a six-figure digital campaign attacking Trump's coronavirus response aimed at voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
It includes memes like this – pic.twitter.com/9rQF3FuPZO
— Ben Siegel (@benyc) April 10, 2020
Another user created an image to represent the chaos that ensued during the first presidential debate using the “Woman Yelling at a Cat” picture. The common photo features a Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member screaming hysterically, followed by a picture of a confused looking cat. The meme suggested that the moderator had little control over the debate when Trump threw accusations that Biden had made poor decisions in the past.
— Mo (@MoonlightGZ) September 30, 2020
Citizens that backed the Republican Party were also quick to create photo compilations that threw shade at the former vice president. One person referenced Biden’s tendency to have apparent lapses in his memory and suggested that he needed cue cards to remind him of his own name.
Sleepy Joe Biden's cue cards. How else will he remember that Trump Is Bad? pic.twitter.com/U2gHCnoLgS
— Ohio Republicans (@ohiogop) April 17, 2020
Adding to the theory that Biden is suffering from dementia, one Reddit user joked about the common ending that most campaign advertisements have and replaced the wording to reference his forgetfulness.
Finally, some people felt that the campaigns were dividing the American people against themselves, causing unnecessary strife in communities. One person was able to capture the feeling using a scene from the children’s cartoon show SpongeBob SquarePants. The pic showed Mr. Krabs choking Patrick as SpongeBob looked on nervously, referencing the violence the country has experienced recently.
relevant election meme pic.twitter.com/OsdJwmoYU2
— Oliver (@OlliesNeverHere) November 3, 2020
— O Ricardo ???? (@_nigerundayo__) November 3, 2020
When I say the world is watching.. please America trending in the UK pic.twitter.com/HdN4R9zQHd
— caffè ✈️ (@MileyOwnsMySoul) November 3, 2020
— CCP IS ASSHOE (@noahsmom7) November 3, 2020
election day eve pic.twitter.com/E1W2aIsZ9y
— Andrea González-Ramírez (@andreagonram) November 2, 2020