In case you haven’t already checked the headlines that are everywhere, the final presidential debate was last night.
As both candidates berated each other over various issues including the pandemic, the economy and immigration, one throwaway line struck a nerve with New Yorkers.
Apparently criticising restrictions to combat the coronavirus, Trump called New York City a “ghost town” and derided measures like installing Plexiglass in restaurants:
“Take a look at New York and what’s happened to my wonderful city,” he said. “For so many years, I loved it, it was vibrant. It’s dying, everyone’s leaving New York.”
New Yorkers quickly took offence to Trump’s comments and argued that the city is, in fact, not a ghost town. Come on, even with the pandemic this is still New York City, after all. Even the city's favourite ghost-fighting crew came to help out.
New Yorkers took to Twitter to prove that the city is clearly as busy as ever.
And that’s because New Yorkers are staying safe.
While defending their home, residents also turned it into a meme, naturally.
There were some niche jokes. If you know, you know.
Others embraced their haunted side.
In the end, so what if New York is a ghost town? They know who to call.
It might be close to Halloween, but New York is no ghost town.