Donald Trump's Abraham Lincoln Comparison at Debate Sparks Wave of Memes

During the final presidential debate last night, presidential candidate Joe Biden mocked President Donald Trump's repeated claim that he has done "more for the Black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln," but Trump didn't seem to grasp Biden's sarcasm and asserted that he is not actually the late president, sparking a wave of memes on social media.

When discussing racial tensions in the U.S., and responding to Trump declaring himself the least racist person in the room, Biden referred to Trump and said: "'Abraham Lincoln' here is one of the most racist presidents we've had in modern history.

"He pours fuel on every single racist fire, every single one. He started off his campaign coming down the escalator saying he's going to get rid of those Mexican rapists. He's banned Muslims because they're Muslims.

"He has moved around and made everything worse across the board. He says about the Poor Boys [Proud Boys], last time we were on stage here, he said 'I told them to stand down and stand ready.' Come on, this guy is a dog whistle about as big as a foghorn."

But Trump, who mentioned Lincoln just moments prior, did not understand Biden's sarcasm and asked: "You made a reference to Abraham Lincoln, where did that come in?" and Biden told him: "You said you're Abraham Lincoln."

But Trump, seeming to think that Biden was being literal when he called him Abraham Lincoln, then said: "No, I said not since Abraham Lincoln has anybody done what I've done for the Black community.

"I didn't say I'm Abraham Lincoln, I said not since Abraham Lincoln has anybody done what I've done for the Black community."

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, on October 22. During the debate, presidential candidate Joe Biden mocked Trump's claim to have done more for the Black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln. Getty/Brendan Smialowski

The exchange caused some confusion with Trump supporters online who thought that Biden called Lincoln racist, while others thought that Biden accidentally called Trump Lincoln.

But for those who understood Biden's sarcasm, it sparked a wave of memes on social media, with Twitter users expressing their bemusement at Trump's repeated claim that he has done more for the Black community than any president other than the "possible exception" of Lincoln.

Twitter user TJ shared a reaction gif of the character Titus Andromedon from the TV show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt looking shocked and confused.

Other Twitter users shared images of people looking out from their coffins, suggesting that this is how Abraham Lincoln must be reacting to Trump comparing himself to him.

Writer Catherynne M. Valente pointed out that Trump did not respond to any of Biden's references to what he has said about Mexicans, Muslims, or the Proud Boys, and said: "Joe Biden straight-up called Trump a racist three times and the only thing Dim Donny argued about was that he wasn't actually Abraham Lincoln."

Others mocked Trump's assertion that he was, in fact, not actually Abraham Lincoln, like comic Hari Kondabolu, who said: "Donald Trump claims he is not Abraham Lincoln. I WANT TO SEE HIS BIRTH CERTIFICATE."

Physician Esther Choo retweeted The Daily Show, which said "Fact Check: Donald Trump is correct when he says he's not Abraham Lincoln," and joked: "Donald Trump recently spoke to Abraham Lincoln and confirmed they are separate people".

Following the debate, Biden reasserted his claim against Trump by sharing a clip of the heated exchange on Twitter, with the caption: "Donald Trump is the most racist president in modern history."