Because there were ten candidates onstage, and only two hours devoted to the event (minus commercial breaks), no one got to speak for long, and every statement was magnified.
Trump was scheduled to deliver the keynote address on Saturday night at a conference in Atlanta organised by Red State, an influential conservative group.
As we boldly predicted in our Florida GOP Debate Drinking Game, Trump went on to declare himself the victor of the debate and retweeted his horde of supporters who concurred with this opinion.
Trump also badgered Kelly at the end of his response, telling her that if she didn’t like his history with women, “I’m sorry”.
Trump’s jaw-dropping comment Friday night that Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” has sparked a backlash that will only build in the coming days. “I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either”, Trump said during the debate. “But I wouldn’t do that”.
But Friday morning, things aren’t quite so Rosy and Trump is letting his contempt for the unfair way he believes Kelly treated him all hang out.
Charles Krauthammer asked what happened to the “tough guy” who was going to confront China, Mexico, and Vladimir Putin, because he’s suddenly whining about “not nice” questions from Fox news anchors.
“Because someone doesn’t think the way I do, doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them or that I can’t love them“.
Then, the pace of the feud really picked up.
It was an explosive start to the first GOP debate in a campaign season already upended by Trump, the unfiltered and brash real estate magnate. Still, even the earlier forum attracted a larger audience than all but five of 18 Republican debates televised during the 2012 election cycle.
In fact, it stands as the most-watched television program of the summer so far, beating the last game of the National Basketball Association Finals and the women’s World Cup soccer finals, Nielsen said. Donald Trump, by the way, has sought to reassure the voters by pointing out that he is too rich to be bought.