It’s hard to sit down and write about the GOP debate without filling the entire page with “LOL,” “hahahahahahaha” and eye rolling emojis. The two-hour debate seemed more like a new reality show for Fox News than anything. But instead of harassing you with preteen text talk, I’ll just fill you in with the nights highlights. I
1. Donald Trump
From the very beginning, Trump caused waves when he kept open the possibility of running as an independent by refusing to support the Republican nominee. “I will not make that pledge at this time… I have to respect the person.”
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s responded to Mr. Trump’s refusal to make a pledge: “This is what’s wrong. [Mr. Trump] buys and sells politicians of all stripes… He’s already hedging his bet on the Clintons… He’s already hedging his bets because he’s used to buying politicians.” Mr. Trump responded: “Well, I’ve given him plenty of money,” referring to Mr. Paul.
2. More Trump
When host Megyn Kelly called out Trump about his disrespectful comments towards women he had a very simple answer, one that would definitely warrant a lot of eye-rolling emojis.
Kelly: “You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
Trump: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
Kelly: “No, it wasn’t. For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.”
Trump: “Yes, I’m sure it was.”
Kelly: “Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”
Trump: “I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct.”
3. Social issues
It was painful to even sit through the social issues section of the debate. Especially when asked about #blacklivesmatter, and the candidates wouldn’t even touch the subject. But the real stand out was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee when asked about the new trans policy in the military.
“The military is not a social experience,” Huckabee said. “The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.”
4. Paul and Christie face off
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul had a heated debate on the subject of terror and national security, which started with Mr. Paul’s statement, “I want to collect more records from terrorists, but less records from other people.”
Mr. Christie responded: “Listen, senator, you know, when you’re sitting in a subcommittee, just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that.”
Mr. Paul: “I don’t trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead.”
5. Translation needed
Sen. Rand Paul responded to the Supreme Court’s recent decision on gay marriage.
A Facebook user asked Paul what he would do to ensure that Christians are not prosecuted for speaking out against gay marriage and if Christians will be forced to conduct business that interferes with their religious beliefs.
“I don’t want my marriage or my guns registered in Washington,” Paul stated.
What does this even mean? A lot of Americans would have been a lot better off with translated captions.