Donald Trump arguably grabbed the majority of the headlines following Thursday night’s first GOP debate on Fox News.
Trump’s performance during the debate was not only quote worthy, but he presented his views in the way only Donald Trump can — bombastically, unapologetically and unfiltered. During the debate, the billionaire businessman called out the media as being “dishonest” in their coverage of his controversial comments on immigration, and even attacked the Fox News moderators for “living in the world of make believe.”
The night started out with a bang for Trump after he was asked if he would rule out a third-party run. While all of the other candidates indicated that they would commit to not seeking a third-party campaign should they not get the Republican nomination, Trump was the only one to decline that commitment.
“I will not make the pledge at this time,” he said.
Trump also addressed his often-controversial and criticized comments towards women over the years, particularly comedian Rosie O’Donnell. Moderator Megyn Kelly didn’t shy away from calling out the GOP frontrunner on his past remarks.
“You've called women fat pigs, dogs, slobs, disgusting animals,” Kelly said.
“Only Rosie O'Donnell,” Trump interrupted.
"Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments on women's looks," Kelly responded. "You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees."
He responded by expressing his disinterest in political correctness.
“I don’t have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble,” he said. “What I say is what I say. And honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry.”
He even took a jab at Kelly herself.
“I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me, but I wouldn’t do that,” he said.
Most of the other presidential hopefuls on stage in Cleveland, Ohio, last night dismissed Trump’s over-the-top rhetoric. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush even likened Trump to President Obama and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
“Mr. Trump’s language is divisive,” Bush said. “We’re not going to win by doing what Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton do every day — dividing the country.”
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