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GOP emoji: Because Trump's hair needs a kitten in it

There are many ways to watch a presidential debate -- the most amusing, of course, being with one eye affixed to Twitter, frantically refreshing, tweeting and retweeting. With emoji.


What's sure to make your observations of Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee all the more salient (and social-media-friendly) as you furiously tweet away during Thursday night's prime-time GOP debate?

GIFs and emoji made just for the occasion, of course.

YourMoji, a free iOS app that lets you create and send custom emoji, has assembled a pack of GOP-inspired symbols for the masses who'll be texting and live-tweeting during the event (a popular sport during the past couple of seemingly endless rounds of Republican debates). This means you'll not only be able to snark about Trump's wealth, but also to underscore your point with an emoji of him in a pink shirt, stacks of bills spilling out of his hands.

YourMoji screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

The first Fox News/Facebook debate of the day, for GOP underdogs, started at 2 p.m. PT and predictably featured low-polling candidates going after frontrunner Trump (of those, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is getting particularly high marks for her performance).

The prime-time event kicks off at 6 p.m. P.T. featuring the 10 top-polling candidates based on their showing in the last five national polls.

These will be Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas; Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The YourMoji emoji pack features pretty straightforward images of these higher-polling candidates just begging to be bundled with a winky face and a monkey. But that doesn't mean you can't think outside the YourMoji box and make your own emoji of lower-ranked GOP hopefuls Rick Perry or Bobby Jindal with green hearts coming out of their ears.

"The landscape has changed since 2008's Obama Girl, and we're anticipating 2016 to be more about custom emojis and GIFs like these," said YourMoji creator Andrew LaForge, referring to the woman who famously made a video about having a crush on Obama.

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing social media's interpretation of Thursday night's political goings-on.

If the memes that came out of America's last GOP debate-fest are any indication, the first GOP debate, and the many yet to come, will surely produce some winning and iconic digital symbols. Remember Big Bird and binders full of women? Don't let us down, Internet.