Politics

These Police Tweets Reveal How Intense the Presidential Race Has Become

September 27th 2016

By:
Danielle DeCourcey

This is a contentious presidential election, and people on both sides are passionate about their candidate.

One Kansas police department went so far as to send out tweets to head off any trouble during the debate and the reminders went viral. 

The Lawrence Police Department posted a few warnings to its Twitter account in the hours leading up to Monday's presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Tip No. 1: Anger at a presidential candidate does not qualify as an emergency.

"REMINDER We realize politics can make emotions run high, but being mad at a presidential candidate in a debate is NOT a reason to call 911."

Police in Lawrence, Kansas tweeted about the presidential election.

Tip No. 2: Be careful when playing a debate drinking game.

"Additionally, drinking games where you drink every time someone says 'yuge' leads to binge drinking, and we discourage that strongly."

Police department in Lawerence, Kansas tweets about the presidential candidates.

Officer Drew Fennelly from the LPD told ATTN: that the viral tweets were put out as a joke before the debates, and the department is happy so many people thought they were funny. He also said that no real calls came in because of the debates. 

"Sorry to disappoint, but the tweets were put out in anticipation of the debate as a joke for our followers. We certainly did not expect them to catch on quite like they did, but we are thrilled so many people found them to be humorous. As far as I am aware, there were no calls to dispatch for debate related issues."

Maybe they were onto something: Debate drinking games were popular, judging by Twitter.

Newsweek even released a "handy guide to drinking as Clinton and Trump filet each other" in the form of debate night bingo.

Debate Night Bingo drinking game.

A record-breaking 81 million people watched the first presidential debate on television, according to Forbes.

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