The most recent Republican debate, which took place last night, December 15, was as heated as its predecessors, with Donald Trump in the center of the action, as usual. Though his campaign is full of controversy, the fact that Trump is, and has always been, at the top of the polls indicates that Americans like what they hear from Donald Trump.
Though the media puts a negative spin on nearly everything that Trump says, and at times seems to purposely misinterpret his words, the Donald Trump campaign has seen a growth in numbers rather than a reduction.
Jeb Bush set The Donald off when asked by a CNN moderator why he thought Donald Trump lacked the qualifications needed to be a successful president, reports the Business Insider. Bush’s response intimated that Trump’s foreign policy was inspired by Saturday or Sunday morning cartoons. Understandably, that did not sit well with Donald Trump.
“I think it’s very sad that CNN leads Jeb Bush, Gov. Bush, down a road by starting off virtually all of the questions: ‘Mr. Trump this. Mr. Trump [that].’ I think it’s very sad.”
Donald Trump became a target of sharp statements by Jeb Bush during the latest Republican debate: https://t.co/jP4AobHWj7
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) December 16, 2015
Bush continued to clash with Donald Trump.
“Look, the simple fact is if you think this is tough and you’re not being treated fairly, imagine what it’s going to be like dealing with Putin or dealing with President Xi or dealing with the Islamic terrorism that exists. This is a tough business, to run for president.”
While Jeb Bush looked completely serious, Donald Trump, along with many others, laughed in his face.
“Oh, yeah, you’re a tough guy, Jeb. Real tough. I’m at 42% and you’re at 3%. So, so far, I’m doing better. You know you started off over here [at the center podium], Jeb. You’re moving over further and further. Pretty soon you’re going to be off the end.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 16, 2015
According to the New York Times, Donald Trump was attacked not only by Jeb Bush, but a number of other GOP candidates, as well. The big topic of discussion was centered around Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States, and which candidate would be best equipped to keep terrorist attacks from harming our country.
At the end of the evening, after the debate was finished, MSNBC host Chris Matthews decided to question Trump with a more personal query, the Business Insider further reports. Knowing that in the past Donald was one of the most staunch believers that President Barack Obama was not actually born within the United States, and therefore unqualified to serve as president, Matthews resurrected the topic, asking Donald if he seriously believed Obama “isn’t a legitimate president.” This is the one question Donald Trump flat out refused to answer.
“You know the problem talking about that question? Here’s the story. I don’t answer because you know what? If I do answer, that’s all people want to talk about… I don’t want to answer the question.”
Though Chris Matthews pushed over and over for an answer to his question, none was forthcoming. One must wonder why Matthews considered it important to dredge up suspicions of the past, which really have no relevance anymore, as President Obama is about to vacate the White House.
Time will tell how Donald Trump and the other Republican presidential candidates performed last night. The media can speculate about winners and losers, but ultimately the polls will reveal who made the biggest impression on Americans. How do you think Donald Trump performed in the debate?
Thank you, so many people have given me credit for winning the debate last night. All polls agree. It was fun and interesting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2015
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