The 14 Wildest Moments From the First Republican Debate

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by Kia Makarechi

The Top 10 Republican candidates for president took the stage in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night, turning in their best effort at impressing the all-important G.O.P. base—and give the rest of the country its first real taste of the 2016 election season to come.

Below are some of the best moments, that may portend what’s ahead. And yes, there was plenty of Donald Trump, who started off the evening by refusing to pledge not to run for as an independent, were he not to win the Republican nomination.

1. Senator Rand Paul launched an early attack on Trump, saying that “he’s used to buying politicians on both sides of the aisle!” Trump responded by noting that he’s “given [Paul] plenty of money.” This wasn’t the last time Trump’s donations were brought up—Trump himself boasted of donating to Hillary Clinton’s charitable causes, claiming that he scored her attendance at his 2005 wedding in return.

2. Senator Marco Rubio found a good way to dismiss his age and relative inexperience: “If this election is a resume contest, then Clinton is going to be the next president, because she has been in politics longer than anyone else.”

3. Asked about the effect of the Bush family record on his candidacy, former Florida governor Jeb Bush noted “in Florida, they call me ‘Jeb,’ and I earned it.” He also said, in one way to interpret the idea of privilege, “the bar might be higher” for him than other candidates.

4. Trump was pressed by moderator Megyn Kelly on his past sexist comments about women—including those he has referred to as “fat pigs.” As we noted, Trump wasn’t having it, and went after Kelly personally: “And honestly, Megyn if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me.”

5. Mike Huckabee, who said the next president should invoke the fifth and 14th amendments on behalf of unborn children, said that “the Supreme Court is not the supreme being,” and that it is “time we save the lives of children and not . . . rip up their body parts like they’re parts of a Buick.”

6. Trump offered this modest reaction when asked about his controversial comments regarding undocumented immigrants: “If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t even be talking about illegal immigration.”

7. New Jersey governor Chris Christie, when asked if he can “really” lay blame for a theoretical terror attack at the feet of Paul, who is against the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance programs: “Yes, I can.” (Paul responded by repeating a line he uses often: “I want to collect more records from terrorists, and less from innocent Americans.” Christie subsequently mocked him, and the pair engaged about hugs.)

8. “Well thank you, Megyn, I wasn’t sure if I would get to speak again,” – Ben Carson, about halfway into the debate.

9. Trump seemed to confuse his recent history, bragging that he “came out strongly against the war in Iraq, in 2004.” The invasion of Iraq took place in March of 2003.

10. On something of a roll, Trump touted his habit of giving money to politicians. “When I need them, they are there for me,” Trump said—his way of suggesting that “the system is broken.” He specifically named Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Rep. Nancy Pelosi as recipients of his largesse. When asked what he received in return, Trump said that Clinton attended his wedding. (He did not specify which one of his weddings.)

11. Huckabee claimed that he would be able to boost Social Security funds by cracking down on “illegals, pimps, and prostitutes.” The former governor of Arkansas also dismissed the idea of transgender individuals serving openly in the armed forces. “The military is not a social experiment,” he said. “The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.”

12. Trump, explaining why he was inspired to change his position on abortion, spoke of watching an unnamed friend decide against ending a pregnancy: “It was going to be aborted and that child today is a total superstar. It is a great, great child.” Given the pronoun usage, we should note that the candidate was speaking about a human being.

13. “I do believe in miracles,” Kasich said, near the end of the debate. And just like that, it was almost over—and we, too, began to believe.

14. But not before one actually charming zinger. In his closing statement, neurosurgeon and outsider political artist Carson described his differentiating characteristics this way: “I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins, the only one to operate on a baby while still in mother’s womb, and the only one to remove half a brain—though if you went to Washington, you’d think someone beat me to it.”







3 comments:

  1. Did you actually watch that BS generator?

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  2. Congrats! In the last two months, the number of hits from your YId buddies in 'Stolenland' had more than doubled!

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  3. No, I did not watch it. Ha! I could never STAND it. I caught a glimpse of a photo of the media event and noticed the Facebook and Fox news logos which I thought was a gas so I added the article along with the photo. You know, I am so far removed from all these clowns that I forget they exist. I never watch TV except for YouTube, Netflix and RT news, the rest of the news I get online.
    So...more Yids trolling me? I usually imagine they are Arab Israelis or something. The general "Israeli" people use a filter provided to them to block out "antisemitic" information online...did you know that? They think they are being protected by antisemitism while they are actually being blocked from real information. God, they are dumb.

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