Trump commandeered the stage in last night’s Republican presidential
debate. Planted in the middle by his lead in the polls, framed by his
signature orange bird’s-nest hair, he presented a bloated, looming,
ominous visage, a surly Gulliver surrounded by Lilliputians. The Fox
News team served him up the most hostile questions, insuring that he
captured the most airtime.
question of the night was a Fox set up: Would all the candidates pledge
not to run as a third-party candidate if they didn’t get the nomination.
With a showman’s sense of timing, Trump scanned the stage, paused,
shrugged and raised his hand. He wouldn’t pledge to support a candidate
that he didn’t respect. But you are standing on a Republican stage,
blustered Fox Bret Baier, the stage where the Republicans will name
their nominee. “I fully understand,” Trump replied, as if swatting at an
And so it went.
When Megyn Kelly challenged him for his demeaning language about women,
Trump scorned “political correctness.” When Chris Wallace went after his
repeated bankruptcies, Trump schooled him in business, and mocked his
sympathies for creditors: “Let me just tell you about the lenders. First
of all, these lenders aren’t babies. These are total killers. These are
not the nice, sweet little people that you think, OK?”
charged him with supporting Democrats and Democratic positions, Trump
admitted he gave money to everybody: “I will tell you that our system is
broken. I gave to many people, before this, before two months ago, I
was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do
you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three
years later, I call them, they are there for me.”
As Trump proclaimed, immigration was on the table because his outrageous statements put it there.
And for the most
part, the other candidates decided to pay respect to the outlandish
figure in their midst. Invited to take on Trump for his fantasies about
the Mexican government, Ohio Governor John Kasich demurred:
hitting a nerve in this country. He is. He’s hitting a nerve. People are
frustrated, they’re fed up, they don’t think the government’s working
for them. People who want to tune him out are making a mistake.”
Kasich went on:
“The point is that we all have solutions…And you’re going to hear from
all of us tonight about what our ideas are.”
But that’s where
Kasich was wrong. Amid tired bloviating, the debate was virtually
devoid of ideas. It will come as no surprise that Republicans want to
lower taxes, roll back regulation, shrink government, repeal Obamacare,
repeal Dodd-Frank, increase the military budget, build a fence on the
border, escalate our presence in conflicts from Iraq to Ukraine, and ban
abortions (with Marco Rubio and Scot Walker aghast that they might be
accused of allowing an exception for the life of the mother). All
promised that this package will somehow produce rapid economic growth, a
new American century and nirvana. “I do believe in miracles,” Gov.
Kasich said, and so they must.
Cruz, who boldly pledged to speak “truth,” epitomized the bankruptcy in
his closing statement. Focusing on what he would do in his first day as
president, he pledged to rescind every “unconstitutional executive
action” taken by Obama, instruct the Justice Department to stop
“persecuting religious liberty,” and start prosecuting Planned
Parenthood. Then he would cancel the Iran deal and “finally move the
U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.”
Now there’s an agenda that will kick-start growth and help rebuild the middle class in America.
In contrast, Trump chose instead to end big:
“Our country is
in serious trouble. We don’t win anymore. We don’t beat China in trade.
We don’t beat Japan, with their millions and millions of cars coming
into this country, in trade. We can’t beat Mexico, at the border or in
trade. We can’t do anything right. Our military has to be strengthened.
Our vets have to be taken care of. We have to end Obamacare, and we have
to make our country great again, and I will do that.”
Jeb Bush denied
earlier reports that he had called Trump a clown, a buffoon and an
@hole. (“He is a true gentlemen,” Trump responded). The disavowal
notwithstanding, Bush’s original description fits. But compared to
homogenous patter of the rest of this gaggle of candidates, Trump’s
bluster and outlandishness provide, at the very least, comic relief.
debate! Last night FOX viewers witnessed the inquisition of Donald
Trump careful orchestrated by the establishment republican bosses, while
the moderators pitched “softballs” previously approved by Reince
Priebus to the likes of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, and Ted
Cruz…this was not a debate, this was a question and answer forum
designed to help the “darlings” favors of the GOP establishment…!
Repubs say they want to "shrink the government" but then they say they
want to "increase the military budget". It looks like they don't
understand that the military is part of the government. If the military
budget were cut in half, that would really "shrink the government".
want the government to stay out of our lives, in other words, to do
less. As much as I paid in taxes last year, I want the government to do
more ... I want to get my money's worth.
military is 55% privatized and becoming more so with time. The only
money to be made by a privatized military is when we are at war. Chuck
Shumer trying to destroy the Iran deal is showing his true allegience,
which is to his Jewish heritage and Israel, and should be removed from
office since voting against the president is voting for war with Iran
and it will not be shock and awe, just shock and stupidity.
Bea Burk M You
make a good point, and there is some thing I would like to add read War
is a RACKET it is on the internet. the author was a retired Marine Corp
Gen with 2 Congressional Medals of Honor Oh, and the author was a republican to
Frigo That was Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (Major General
was the highest rank authorized in the USMC at that time). He was from
West Chester, Pennsylvania. Butler is the only person to have been
awarded the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Congressional Medal of
Honor twice, all for separate actions. Butler wrote War Is A Racket in
1935 and he died of cancer in June 1940 at the age of 58.
a real threat to this country with crazies like Cruz calling his own
house speaker a liar -- which he is, but this kind of childish prank is
frightening in it's out of control craziness. The tea party has gained
the numbers to bring down the government. Most people who thought they
were such a good idea are now the brunt of their ideological
destruction. "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere
ignorance and conscientious stupidity." MLK
speifically, Fox Spews. How can they coach, insult, coerce and
encourage lying lillies and call themselves "fair and balanced." Trump
is pretty misinformed but the others should know better, especially
former President Bush's brother, who spewed misinformation and downright
lies without even blinking as liars sometimes do, especially since he
has named about everyone of his brother's advisors to his campaign and
will do the same if he is elected president. Problem is no rebuttal by
democrats who should have been taking notes and demanding equal time to
correct the misinformation that rained down on us like the great
Biblical flood. The corporate owned media has pretty much cut the
democratic party out of any social discourse and they had better find a
way to correct it or we go into 2017 with what appears to be the horror
of self-righteous ignorance with an unlimited bank account.
all seemed too rehearsed. After falling asleep a couple of time I went
to bed. How can you have a debate with ten people? A true debate with
ten people would be a brawl and I really didn't see any challenging
Good point. One
thing that I noticed last night watching the "DEBATE" is that the
alledged governor of WI SNOTTY WALKER, who has higer levels in the
various poles didn't get much spotlight time. In reality that is not
good when it comes to winning an election, but I wounder what the KOCH
BROS are thinking because they are the ones that decide how far SNOTTY
will go. After all they payed for SNOTTY to be their BITCH.
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