As expected, the Republican debate Thursday night in Ohio was very much the Donald Trump show.
While the other nominees had their turns to speak, it was clear that all eyes and ears were on the outspoken businessman -- and in that regard, he did not disappoint. In fact, at one point, Trump even admitted that the audience may not be on his side. "I don’t think they like me very much," he told moderator Megyn Kelly.
Like him or hate him, more people than ever will watch debates because of Trump— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 7, 2015
There were plenty of reasons that Trump was polarizing, but here are just seven of the more ridiculous statements that came out of his mouth during this first GOP debate:
1. "If it weren't for me, you wouldn't even be talking about illegal immigration, Chris [Wallace]... This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement."
No one was taking about illegal immigration until Trump brought it up?? Who is Trump kidding?— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 7, 2015
You didn't know Trump invented illegal immigration? What, you thought this has been an issue for, oh, over 200 years? How silly of us all!
2. "Only Rosie O'Donnell."
Not one other candidate willing to take a hard line on Rosie O'Donnell. Shameful. #GOPDebate— Matt Goldich (@MattGoldich) August 7, 2015
Let's put this one into context: When asked about the misogynistic statements he's made in the past, which included calling women fat pigs and slobs, he interrupted the female moderator, Kelly, to make a tasteless joke about Rosie O'Donnell, an actress who has absolutely nothing to do with the Republican debate and was not even in the state of Ohio at the time. Once a folly, always a folly… if your name is Trump.
3. "I think the big problem that this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people, and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn't have time either."
Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump does not engage on the actual question about his history of misogynistic comments.— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) August 7, 2015
That is probably as close as we'll ever get to a Trump apology. One thing is for sure, though -- the man sure knows how to not answer the question he's been asked.
4. "What I say is what I say. And honestly, Megyn if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me, but I wouldn't do that."
Kelly was asking you about the mean things you said to women. How many times are you going to make us point this out, Trump?
5. "With Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding and she came to my wedding."
One thing is for sure, Hillary Clinton sure won't be going to Trump's next wedding— Lauren French (@laurennfrench) August 7, 2015
Trump gave Clinton money, and therefore she was obligated to watch his nuptials. This is how the 69-year-old New Yorker explained why he's given money to both Democrats and Republicans as recently as a few months ago when he was simply a businessman and not a GOP nominee. Money is evil, kids! Don't hand yours over to just anyone!
6. "I cannot say I have to respect the person that if it's not me, the person that wins. If I do win and I'm leading by quite a bit. That's what I want to do. I can totally make the pledge if I'm a nominee. I am discussing it with everybody. But I'm talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee."
It's simple: Trump doesn't not want to not say he won't pledge not running against the winner if he does or doesn't not win. #GOPDebate— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 7, 2015
This statement in itself is not weird -- it's just extremely confusing. When the entire field of ten potential presidential nominees was asked if they would give one of the other men on stage their support and endorsement if they were to get the eventual nomination, Trump was the one to raise his hand and say that he could not do that tonight. Fine, but at least be clear about being a meanie. If you're nominated, will you run as a Republican? As an Independent? As a man who supports only himself and his comb? Stop talking in circles, Trump!
7. "We have a president who doesn't have a clue. I would say he's incompetent, but I don't want to do that, because it's not nice."
I'm surprised Trump doesn't use air quotes when he says "president" Obama. #GOPDebate— OhNoSheTwitnt (@OhNoSheTwitnt) August 7, 2015
This is where Trump draws the judgment line at what he can and cannot say because it may or may not be nice?
Trump, apparently, doesn’t see a problem with anything he said during the debates. "I am very proud of my great performance tonight,” he said in a statement from his official press office. "I am not a debater, but I am a winner. If I am elected I will make this country a total winner -- I will Make America Great Again."
Just listening to the audio feed, please tell me if Trump's doing finger guns after every time he talks, feels like he's doing finger guns— Mark Agee (@MarkAgee) August 7, 2015
And there you have it! Happy first debate, everybody!