September 27th, 2016
As the anxiety and anticipation leading up to the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump came to a head last night, some viewers turned to alcohol. Others turned to something stronger—Twitter.
Many tweeters noticed some strange behavior on Trump’s part; in addition to his seeming inability to control the volume of his speech, the man couldn’t stop sniffling (see the supercut below).
Howard Dean (known for his own verbal explosions) weighed in with his customary subtlety:
Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?
— Howard Dean (@GovHowardDean) September 27, 2016
Others thought Howard Dean was speaking nonsense. Trump wasn’t on coke—he had clearly been snorting Adderall!
No, Howard. He's on adderall. https://t.co/zIo6fpHTqu
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) September 27, 2016
Trump snorted too much adderall!!! #TrumpSniffle
— danielhberger (@danielhberger) September 27, 2016
Ever since Spy magazine raised the issue in 1992, there’s been speculation that Trump takes some kind of amphetamine. Spy claimed he was prescribed the diet pill Tenuate Dospan, which can have a side effect of “seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there.”
But perhaps such speculation is unfair, given that the Trump camp and its proxies would never spread false rumors about an opponent’s health.