Clown debate turns into Trump-roast and backfires as The Don comes out on top again
By John M Disque
"Shuffle-up and deal!"
Like an amateur poker player going "all in" against a seasoned professional in an attempt to get him to fold, Fox's premature bluff gets called.
In the few days leading up to the debate there was a lot of chatter about Trump's fellow candidates aggressively going after him during the debate. Apparently it was a direct order from the GOP funding sources, which Donald can do without and does not cater-to. "Trump must be stopped and now is the time to do it."
As Donald's support-base continues to grow, the "powers that be" want him stopped, or at-least knocked down to a reachable level. All eyes were on Rubio, Bush and Rand Paul but no one expected it would be the very-hosts of the debate doing the dirty work.
Bret Baier started the evening by asking, "Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight, to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican Party, and pledge to not run in any Independent campaign against that person?"
The crowd was getting very loud before the question was even completed. They sensed the attack..
Trump was the only candidate on stage discussing this possibility so it wasn't a question to all 10 candidates; it was a statement to those in attendance and the 24 million people tuning in.
It was blatant: "Trump is a traitor, and back-stabber to the Republican Party: a deserter who will run against them, take 40+% support from the Republican nominee and give Hillary a landslide path to the White House."
"Trump is not with us, he's not one of ours, he will not take orders from our master-donors, he's against us and he does not belong here, he's not a true and committed member of the clown-bus brigade! HANG HIM!"
As the crowd got louder the other candidates started looking at Trump and Baier repeated the question.
All eyes were on "The Don" and he had to step up and address it.
As he answered, I had my own question: "How much did Charles Koch pay for this?" I no longer saw "moderators there to educate the audience on the highest political concerns of the day," I saw multi millionaires who sold their souls to big business puppet-masters.
Right from the gate the stage was set for a lynching, and while the candidates sheepishly cowered, Fox kept right on attacking the man who taught them the art of the deal.
Some great questions were asked to the other candidates but each time they got to Trump the questions had little to do with politics and were more along the lines of character assassination meant to cut the giant down to size. They were statements rather than questions - and they were attempts to get him to blow up.
WALLACE: Mr. Trump, it has not escaped anybody's notice that you say that the Mexican government, the Mexican government is sending criminals -- rapists, drug dealers, across the border.
Governor Bush has called those remarks, quote, "extraordinarily ugly."
I'd like you -- you're right next to him -- tell us -- talk to him directly and say how you respond to that and -- and you have repeatedly said that you have evidence that the Mexican government is doing this, but you have evidence you have refused or declined to share.
Why not use this first Republican presidential debate to share your proof with the American people?
Produce evidence? I somehow took for granted that this was a debate stage where the candidates could talk about their policies and ideas on issues while the viewers could decide whose policy they liked most... (You know....educate the voters).
I guess they thought he had undercover video evidence of Mexican gangsters cutting deals with their government and he would pull it from his briefcase and show Jeb how things are done.
Why is it that a topic, which was once a very high concern with the Republican Party, is now "no big deal and nothing to worry about?" Could it be because all their wealthy friends are making billions from paying slave-wages to this never-ending flow of cheap, illegal labor?" (Just a question, I mean - you control the House and Senate - Where's this "big crackdown" you were screaming about before the midterms?)
Kelly: Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter. However that is not without its downsides, in particular when it comes to women. You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your twitter account--
TRUMP: Only Rosie O'Donnell.
KELLY: For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.
TRUMP: I'm sure it was.
KELLY: Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
Does that sound like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?
And how do you answer the charge from
Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?
So, when did Fox become the voice of equality and rights for women? Did they suddenly start leading the charge for equal pay for women? Political correctness is now a Fox priority?
Last week Trump called Lindsey Graham "an idiot." I guess Trump is a male hater too.
Again - it wasn't a question, it was a statement that Trump is a sexist and it was an attempt to destroy, not only his female support on the right, but certainly any and all support from the left and from Independents, as female equality and gender rights are a very high concern and priority.
Other notable attacks...
KELLY: Mr. Trump, in 1999, you said you were, quote, "very pro- choice." Even supporting partial-birth abortion. You favored an assault weapons ban as well. In 2004, you said in most cases you identified as a Democrat. Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on the stage things like clowns and puppets. When did you actually become a Republican?
WALLACE: Mr. Trump, you talk a lot about how you are the person on this stage to grow the economy, I want to ask you about your business records. From corporations, Trump corporations’ casinos and hotels; have declared bankruptcy four times over the last quarter-century.
In 2011, you told Forbes Magazine this: "I've used the laws of the country to my advantage." But at the same time, financial experts involved in those bankruptcies say that lenders to your companies lost billions of dollars.
Question sir, with that record, why should we trust you to run the nation's business?
BAIER: Mr. Trump, it's not just your past support for single- payer health care. You've also supported a host of other liberal policies. Use -- you've also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi.
You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors.
And you said recently, quote, "When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do."
I kept expecting him to throw his hands up and walk off stage but he kept his cool and did his best to defuse the situation - an absolute virtue and testament to his true character. Trump found himself in a pressure-cooker and came out untouched.
Time, News Max, American Daily Sun and Tampa Bay Times have Trump winning the debate and Drudge Report and South Carolina polling data shows his support went up, not down. NOW the "powers that be" have a major, uncontrollable, unstoppable problem and it's OUT of their hands.
After the debate the moderators kept congratulating themselves and it bordered on gloating with Megyn Kelly feeling as if she reached some kind of major plateau in her journalism career. "Hey, look at me! I took on Donald Trump and I won! I am the most valuable Koch property in the land!"
I expected them to start high-fiving and begin twerking right there on live TV, but the celebration was extremely premature and, as usual Fox was living in their own little minds.
Their attempted-lynching and major bluff was reckless and unprofessional to say the least, not because it was an obvious circus but because Fox and the Republican puppet-masters went "all-in" against a professional holding the best hand in poker, and who plays this game way better than they do.
I wouldn't have had the patience and character. I would've used the spotlight to expose their circus and then I would've walked off stage and declared an Independent campaign to steal 40% of the general election vote from Jeb Bush.... but I'm not a seasoned professional holding pocket aces.