Your Official Drinking Game For The 2016 Presidential Debates

Your Official Drinking Game For The 2016 Presidential Debates

Let's raise a yuuuge glass for the two-party system.

Presidential debates (in fact, maybe this whole year's presidential election) are kind of like going to the dentist. It's an event that only happens every so often, and we may not particularly enjoy said event, but it has to happen for the greater good of our mouth/country. You can try to fight it, or you can just sit back and bear it. Of course, you can make anything a little more bearable if you can work up a good buzz to go with it. What better way to get into politics than to make a drinking game out of it? Because, you know, there is this thing coming up in a few months called "Electing a president to run our country for the next four years." If that thought freaks you out too, then raise a glass.

Take a sip when:

  • Someone talks over the moderator
  • The moderator talks over a candidate
  • One candidate cuts off the other
  • Hillary's emails are brought up
  • Trump says something sexist
  • Hillary says something shady
  • Trump's wall plan is brought up
  • Trump mentions his tremendous success
  • Either candidate pounds the podium to emphasize a point
  • Hillary plays the "woman card"
  • Trump says "yuuuge"
  • Hillary makes a joke about Bill
  • Someone references Trump and Putin together

Take 2 sips when:

  • Either candidate's health is brought up
  • Someone says "ISIS"
  • "Aleppo" is discussed
  • Someone mentions women's rights (i.e. the wage gap, Planned Parenthood, maternity leave, etc.)
  • Someone brings up the refugee crisis
  • Hillary makes a commitment to renewable energy
  • Trump says climate change is a myth
  • A candidate mentions Syria, Mexico, or China
  • Trump mentions his plan to bomb the sh*t out of ISIS
  • Hillary says that she will remove troops from the Middle East
  • Someone brings up "Black Lives Matter"
  • Either candidate mentions their tax plans
  • Either candidate promises to lower college tuition

Take a shot when:

  • Trump blames Obama for something
  • There's a candidate sponsored commercial played during the break
  • Trump says "we have to do something about this" and then neglects to actually mention a plan
  • Hillary wears a pantsuit
  • Gary Johnson wanders onstage
  • Bernie Sanders protestors show up

Waterfall when:

  • A candidate goes over the time limit (start drinking when the buzzer goes off or the moderator tries to stop them and don't stop until they stop talking).

(It's not too late to get caught up! If you want to learn more about the candidates and their policies, go here for more information.)

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We get it, you hate women.


Several states across the country have decided that women aren't allowed to have basic human rights this week, making pregnancy mandatory.

In blatant attempts to get the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade with a more conservative court leaning, women are being thrown to the wolves and told that they aren't the deciders of their own bodies.

Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and now Missouri have decided to disregard the lives of their own citizens. Their "pro-life" near-total abortion bans and heartbeat bills go so far as to disregard even rape or incest exceptions, sparking outrage nationwide.

Doctors who perform these procedures could even face felony charges and receive 99 years in prison, according to the Alabama bill just recently signed into law. In Georgia, women who miscarriage could be investigated to see if they had responsibility.

These states have decided that the unborn have more rights than women. That a clump of cells has more of a right to life than I do.

The attack on women is even more fierce now than ever, and frankly, it's exhausting.

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Think of this scenario: If I were to become pregnant with a baby that I couldn't support, I wouldn't have a choice. Motherhood would be required by law.

The father of that baby, however, has absolutely no legal responsibility to stay by my side. There's no law that makes fatherhood mandatory. Men still have control over their bodies, and they always have. They've never had to fight to gain the right to vote, to be treated as an equal. For me, though, my body and sexuality are policed and controlled by other people.

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The people in poverty, the homeless, the racially discriminated against, the children in foster care. You're pro-fetus, pro-womb, pro-pregnancy. You care more about that baby when it's in a woman's body more than you do about its life and wellbeing after birth.

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They've decided that women don't matter to them, that women don't matter at all.

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