The Brief: An image macro meme format from the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden shows Trump saying "don't ever use the word 'smart' with me."

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During the first presidential debate, in an exchange that could easily be described as “bickering,” President Donald Trump insulted former Vice President Joe Biden’s intelligence, saying “don’t ever use the word smart with me.” This back and forth, in which both candidates took shots at each other’s intelligence, inspired a meme format about people trying to prove their intellectual superiority.

The exchange itself started with Biden saying (of COVID-19) “a lotta people died…and a lot more people are gonna die unless he gets a lot smarter, a lot quicker…” Trump responded with “did you use the word smart?” which he followed with insults about Joe Biden’s intelligence and education, falsely accusing him of not knowing the name of his college and of graduating last in his class. Trump then said “don’t ever use the word smart with me. Don’t ever use that word…because you know what, there’s nothing smart about you, Joe.”

Trump supporters lauded this insult as a solid jab at Biden’s intelligence…

https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1311116908880691200

And Trump’s opponents noted that his line could be misread as an accidental self-own.

On Reddit, and the Dank Memes subreddit in particular, this meme format took off as the line “don’t use the word ‘smart with me'” is used semi-synonymously with “mind size mega” and “big brain time.”

Big brain
byu/Anurag2199 indankmemes

I’m 4 parallels universes ahead of you
byu/69Epic69Gamer69 indankmemes

Bery smort
byu/Prashil2809 indankmemes

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by indankmemes