About 35 minutes into the GOP debate, I stopped and asked myself, “Is this the Real Housewives of the Republican Party?”
For the first 35 minutes of what was a three-and-a-half hour debate, not one question of policy was asked. Not economic, domestic, or foreign. Instead, the evening began with a rather sophomoric and tasteless display of immaturity as one after another, the GOP contenders dished out personal jabs, swiped at each other’s appearances, and attempted to browbeat one another into submission.
I was watching the very definition of a freak show.
Take for example when Donald Trump, just 10 minutes into the debate, attacked Rand Paul (who hadn’t even spoken yet) on his appearance. Trump started off by saying Paul shouldn’t even be on the stage because of his low poll numbers. Paul shot back, saying Trump’s attacks on people’s looks resemble something a junior high schooler would do:
Do we want someone like that to be negotiating with Iran? I think really there is a sophomoric quality that is entertaining about Mr. Trump…Would we not all be worried to have someone like that in charge of the nuclear arsenal.
To which the Donald said:
I never attacked him on his looks, and believe me there’s plenty of subject matter right there.
Actually, there wasn’t. Rand Paul looked like a normal guy. In retrospect, Trump patted himself on the back for not attacking Paul’s appearance…and then attacked his appearance.
Luckily there was one candidate who really put Donald Trump in his place – Carly Fiorina. Her response to Trump’s comments regarding her face was classy to put it best. She called him out on his multiple bankruptcies, and shrugged off his ridiculous notion that the United States end birthright citizenship. When Trump said Fiorina “can’t run any of my companies,” the former tech CEO reminded Trump of his mountains of debt.
Scott Walker said, in a witty rebuttal to Trump, that America doesn’t need an apprentice in the White House.
Unfortunately, not everyone who Trump attacked was there to defend themselves. George Pataki, former governor of New York, was not present at the 11-member debate when Trump said Pataki couldn’t be elected to the position of a “dogcatcher.”
This went on for 35 grueling minutes. The clown car crashed and all the crazies went scattering.
This was very, very bad reality TV. It was educational, served no purpose, and was for pure entertainment. At least Donald Trump got it handed to him.
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