The Merriam-Webster Dictionary shared terms like white supremacist, antifa, fascism and racism were all trending after the debate.
Here’s what else Americans were looking up after President Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden took the stage:
President Trump was criticized for his repeated interruptions throughout the night, once prompting Biden to respond, “Will you shut up, man?”
The term jumped to the top of the website’s searches after MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow used it following the debate, the dictionary said.
In another attempt to stop Trump’s interruptions, Biden asked, “Will he just shush for a minute?”
That word saw high searches following that question, and lookups spiked 28,900% Tuesday night, according to the dictionary.
Its definition? “To urge to be quiet, to hush,” according to the dictionary.
Xenophobia “is the fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign,” the dictionary says. Lookups for the word rose during the debate, according to the dictionary.
In the debate, Trump claimed Biden called him xenophobic for the travel restrictions his administration imposed at the start of the pandemic on foreign nationals who had been in China.
“I closed it, and you said, ‘He’s xenophobic. He’s a racist and he’s xenophobic,’ because you didn’t think I should have closed our country,” Trump said.
It’s unclear Biden knew about the restrictions in late January when he said Trump has a record of “hysterical xenophobia” and “fear mongering.”
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