An very interesting thing happened during the Republican debate on CBS Saturday night, and no, it wasn’t the fact CBS dubbed Marco Rubio the debate winner. Donald Trump, the leading favorite in the polls, was booed loudly and consistently over the course of the evening.
“Obviously the war in Iraq was a big, fat mistake, all right?” said Trump. “George Bush made a mistake, we can mistakes. But that one was a beauty.”
Trump continued. “They lied. They said there were weapons of mass destruction – there were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”
Jeb replied “I’m sick and tired of Barack Obama blaming my brother for all of the problems that he’s had. And frankly, I could care less about the insults that Donald Trump gives to me.” But, Bush continued, “I am sick and tired of him going after my family. My dad is the greatest man alive, in my mind. And while Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe and I’m proud of what he did.”
Then Trump went for blood. “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign, remember that.”
What Trump just said was easily one of the most scathing denunciations of Bush & GOP on Iraq of any major presidential candidate ever.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 14, 2016
Not an entirely inaccurate assessment of situation, although Donald Trump is not known for his compassionate attitude.
You want to understand why GOP so screwed? The only 2 candidates on stage tonight who opposed Iraq are the two nuttiest, Trump and Carson.
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 14, 2016
Ultra conservative publication BreitBart pointed on Sunday that the deck was purposefully stacked against Donald. The chairman of the local republican party in South Carolina claimed that party donors and loyal supporters were given tickets to the debate rather than to voters using the traditional lottery system.
Sources close to the process who work for the RNC, but are not authorized to speak on the record, confirmed to Breitbart News throughout the evening on Saturday that that is standard operating procedure for the RNC and the party as a whole for all debates: Donors get tickets while voters have to watch on TV at home.
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As such, the same appears to have been true party-wide. One well-placed source who works for one of the GOP presidential campaigns and was in attendance at the debate on Saturday evening here—but was not authorized to speak on record about the matter—told Breitbart News that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley were personally given scores of tickets to distribute. Both despise Trump and have said so publicly–Haley even using the platform of the official GOP response to the State of the Union to do so–and it would be no surprise if they did aim to stack the audience with anti-Trump sentiment.
The anti-Trump and anti-Cruz crowd could explain why CBS dubbed Marco Rubio the winner of the debate. The determination was based on only 601 votes, mind you. Meanwhile Fox, Drudge, Time and The Blaze showed Donald Trump winning by a large margin. Or maybe they just had to find a way to not have Trump on their show…