Before the start of Thursday’s GOP debate, electricity was already in the air. After 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s scathing rebuke of Donald Trump earlier in the day, there was much intrigue as to how the debate would unfold.
A heated exchange early on between Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio consisted of Trump continuously referring to Rubio as “Little Marco” and making an innuendo toward the size of his genitals.
And while there was chatter among the universe of social media suggesting that Rubio and Cruz team up to go after Trump, it’s possible that both camps heeded the advice.
Both of them went hard after Trump on immigration, Trump University and Supreme Court nominees.
Donald Trump appeared to be flustered and combative. To Rubio and Cruz’s credit, they were effective in getting Trump to respond with name calling and the usual bombastic tirades.
A telling moment was when Trump openly confessed to Megyn Kelly that he was switching tones on immigration. After all, it was Trump’s hard-line stance against illegal immigration that caused many of his followers to take interest in his campaign.
Trump also didn’t soften his stance on killing family members of terrorists, despite the obvious war crime prosecutions that would follow.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich had moments when he cut into the back-and-forth between Trump and Cruz or Trump and Rubio and attempted to portray himself as the adult on the main stage.
All in all, all of the candidates appeared to have a decent showing while Donald Trump looked easily provoked and irritated.
But as always, what happens at the polls is what truly matters heading into the winner-take-all primaries.
Demetrius Minor is the Coalitions Director for Americans For Prosperity-FL. He is also the author of “Preservation and Purpose: The Making Of A Young Millennial and A Manifesto for Faith, Family and Politics.” He is a member of the national advisory council of the Project 21 black leadership network.
In addition, Demetrius is a former conservative talk show host, blogger (demetriuspeaks.com), former White House intern in the Bush administration, preacher, and graduate of the Pentecostals of Alexandria Minister’s Training Center (POATC).
Demetrius’s writings have been featured in Independent Journal Review, Townhall and The Washington Times.