Thursday night’s Republican Presidential debate devolved into a a rowdy atmosphere, according to those in Detroit’s Fox Theater.
The audience cheered and booed during the question and answer session which seemed to grow out-of-control as the candidates began interrupting one another. It was one step short of a free-for-all.
The hall was so beautiful that it was too grand for the low-life debate.
Normally, Republican candidates are good about sticking to the issues, with a few cleverly contrived jabs tossed in.
Thursday’s debate was no-holds-barred.
The camera panned to moderators Bret Baier and Megan Kelly catching them with looks of confusion at one another.
The name calling was beyond low. Mothers usually teach their children always not to resort to name calling. When name-calling begins, you have reduced yourself to the other person’s level. In this case, Marco Rubio fell prey to Donald Trump‘s school yard bully type insults. Rubio looked frustrated but managed a few clever comebacks.
For example, Trump repeatedly called Rubio “this little guy”, and “little Marco”.
Rubio replied “Donald Trump has basically mocked everybody with personal attacks. If there is anyone who has ever deserved to be attacked that way, it’s Donald Trump.
Trump called Ted Cruz “lyin’ Ted” and constantly said “You are a liar”. At one point, Cruz shot back “breathe”. Another was “Donald, learn not to interrupt. Count to ten ”
At one point, it seemed that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio verbally tag-teamed Trump. Planned or not, this tactic was long overdue. Many feel they should team up, decide who will head either a Rubio/Cruz or Cruz/Rubio ticket, and together, take down Donald Trump.
A large part of the debate involved the “Trump University” lawsuits.
At the former Trump University, students were offered access to Trump’s hand-picked real estate experts. In exchange for roughly $1,500 students attended classes that were actually “taught” by a non-experts from a contact company. Students were not mentored by real estate experts as promised by Trump.
During the classes, little was taught yet the instructors constantly implied that a visit from Donald Trump himself was imminent. Additionally, students received high pressure sales pitches for more expensive course packages.
Trump never picked any instructors and a third-party company created the curricula and materials. This company, which shall go unnamed, normally developes materials for motivational speakers and time-share rental companies. That’s a far cry from real estate experts.
Trump University has changed its name and is still operating, but now faces three lawsuits.
During and after the debate, conservative and liberal discussion groups on Facebook, generally agreed that a Trump nomination would lead to certain defeat at the hands of Hillary Clinton.
Rob Benningfield contributed to this report.