Donald Trump made good on his promise to live-tweet the Democratic presidential debate hosted by CNN on Oct. 13.
“At the request of many, and even though I expect it to be a very boring two hours, I will be covering the Democrat Debate live on twitter!” the GOP presidential candidate tweeted on the morning f Oct. 13.
The prediction of a “boring” two hours was an echo of earlier prediction made in a brief video posted on Oct. 12 to the ABC News Politics Twitter account.
“It’s going to be hard to watch,” Trump said in the video. “I think it’s not going to be a very exciting debate.”
But he watched anyway and appears to have spent a good deal of his time quoting other peoples’ comments and taking a few shots at the Democratic contenders.
One tweet about the five democratic opponents came from Twitter account @Jamesppierce that said, “These 5 make @realDonaldTrump look like Winston Churchill.”
Trump manually retweeted the message and commented on it, calling it “cute.”
On stage on the night of Oct. 13 were, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee.
Trump appeared to not be too impressed with the field, tweeting at one point, “All are very scripted and rehearsed, two (at least) should not be on the stage.”
And he seemed to apologize for not being there himself.
“Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight!” he tweeted to his more than 4 million followers.
While it could be argued that the live tweets lacked depth or substance, the real estate mogul’s time likely wasn’t wasted.
According to stats cited by Time magazine, Trump picked up an additional 60,000 Twitter followers about halfway through the night’s debate.
That was more than Bernie Sanders whose two accounts picked up 50,000 followers. Clinton was reported to have picked up about 15,000. O’Malley, Chafee, and Webb picked up 6,600; 1,600; and 3,300 respectively.