Via Robert Gehl reports at the latest GOP debate, Jeb calls Trump “chaos candidate,” then the dogpile begins:
For the first time at a Republican debate, Donald Trump was booed.
At Tuesday night’s CNN debate, it can when Trump made the odd (and unmanageable) suggestion that we “shut down the internet” to parts of the world where terrorists might hide. He said we need to “penetrate the internet and find out where ISIS is.”
Perhaps because it was an idea detached from the very nature of the Internet – or maybe there are fewer Trump supporters than at other debates, he was booed.
And Rand Paul saw his opening.
Over and over again, he hit Trump hard on his bluster.
Want to bomb family members of terrorists? Then pull out of the Geneva Convention, Sen. Paul said. Want to “shut down the Internet?” Then toss out the First Amendment.
In another example, Trump said he wished the “four or five trillion dollars” America spent trying to remove Middle East dictators was spent at home repairing crumbling roads and bridges and schools.
This time it was Carly Fiorina attacking, saying that’s exactly what Obama has said.
But Jeb Bush was the lead engineer on the “Dump Trump” train, saying he was “unhinged,” was a “chaos candidate” and would be a “chaos president.”
Trump “is great at the one liners, but he’s a chaos candidate. And he’d be a chaos president. He would not be the commander in chief we need to keep our country safe.”
“Donald, you’re not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency,” Bush said, which got one of the larger rounds of applause.
Trump responded by blasting Bush: “Jeb doesn’t really believe I’m unhinged… because he has failed in this campaign. It’s been a total disaster, nobody cares, and, frankly, I’m the most solid person up here.”
“I built a tremendous company and all I want to do is make America great, again,” Trump said. “I don’t want our country to be taken away from us and that’s what’s happening. The policies that we’ve suffered under other presidents have been a disaster for our country. We want to make America great again. And, Jeb, in all fairness, he doesn’t believe that.”
Several times the debate descended into backtalk over Trump’s comments – and anytime a candidate said something critical of Trump, his facial expressions were priceless.Not everyone was willing to criticize Trump.
After Trump seemed to take back his comment that Cruz was a “maniac,” saying – with a big smile – that Cruz is “just fine,” Cruz was asked about Trump.
CNN’s Dana Bash asked Cruz about Trump’s “temperament” and Cruz refused to answer the question directly with a grinning Trump looking on nearby.
One might think Trump had made his choice for vice president, maybe?