I have no idea how some of you managed to watch the entire three hours of the GOP Debate last night, especially knowing that nothing was going to be said during it that would affect your opinion of the people on stage. I managed to hang in for a little over an hour, during which time I was mostly just following reactions on Twitter, and then shut it off and followed along the rest of the way on social media. I need the electronic barrier — a filter that will at least provide a dose of humor with the dumbassery.
It is not an easy thing to watch Rubio debate as though he’s reading from a teleprompter, or to see Jeb Bush awkwardly stumble and sweat and look around as though saying to himself, “Who the hell are these people and why do the keep speaking.” Kasick was ignored, Cruz is alarming in his extremism, while Ben Carson has the tone of a reasonable person, but the positions on social issues of a terrifying trash monster. Christie looked small and insignificant on stage with Trump, and that’s saying something given his otherwise imposing size. I don’t know what to think about Fiorina, except that at least she doesn’t tremble apologetically when confronting Trump like a kid calling out a rock star she admires. Meanwhile, Trump at least has a presence, even if he is a toxic buffoon who rattles off catch phrases in lieu of actually addressing policy matters. To his credit, he’s also made the debates gaffe-proof; minor slips of the tongue are immune, because Trump is a human gaffe. The bar for idiocy cannot go any lower.
It’s all very sad. These tweets, however, brought some humor and insight into the proceedings. (But mostly, this post is simply designed to give you good folks a place to vent).
Exclusive video of Trump thinking he's just farted but then realising he's followed through: pic.twitter.com/L3HceKKAtd— Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) September 17, 2015
"We will have more of everything," said Trump at the #GOPDebate last night. Unfortunately, this includes bigotry and racism.— deray mckesson (@deray) September 17, 2015
bush: EATING BABIES IS GOOD FOR AMERICA huckabee: THE UNBORN EAT BABIES TOO trump: YOU IDIOT I'LL EAT BABIES SO FAST YOUR HEAD WILL SPIN— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 17, 2015
Here's hoping all the leftist hippie anti-vaxxers wrap their gluten-free heads around the fact that they agree with Trump on the topic. 😶— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) September 17, 2015
Trump: TOTALLY against left wing vaccines. As President,I'll introduce CONSERVATIVE vaccines & they'll be the biggest vaccines in the world.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 17, 2015
Donald Trump is so high on self-entitlement he is seconds away from slipping and calling the public "the poors." #GOPDebate— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) September 17, 2015
Donald Trump's face always reminds me of this bit from The Grapes of Wrath: pic.twitter.com/haGE1TUEki— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) September 17, 2015
donald trump, first man to solve the "down low, too slow" paradox https://t.co/QxigW7r87w— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) September 17, 2015
Every Fall TV show should be split-screen with Trump side-eyeing the content continuously. #GOPshutdown— Ryan McGee (@TVMcGee) September 17, 2015
Trump just did all the emoji faces in 7 seconds pic.twitter.com/4LoLB7iCeV— Dave Chappelle (@ChappeIIeShow) September 17, 2015
I bet Trump has paid for more abortions than all of the other candidates, including democrats, put together.— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) September 17, 2015
Did Trump just say the 14th Amendment is "wrong?" Between him and me, I don't know who's drunker.— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) September 17, 2015
"Carly is a beautiful woman and not a 'total two bagger, one for her, one for you, as I may already be on tape as saying" Trump— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) September 17, 2015
I wish I could just say things that were ridiculous and untrue and ignorant and have ppl cheer "GOPHERS CAUSE AIDS!!" /wild applause— Brian Byrd (@BrianByrdman) September 17, 2015