Donald Trump and his fellow GOP hopefuls took the stage at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on Wednesday night for CNN’s Republican presidential debate. At times, however, the Donald seemed more interested in tearing down his opponents than speaking to the issues.
"I think there is a sophomore quality that is entertaining with Mr. Trump, but I am worried," Sen. Rand Paul said of Trump’s prior personal attacks on some of this fellow candidates. "I’m very concerned of having him in charge of his nuclear weapons because his visceral response to attack people on their appearance – short, tall, fat, ugly – my goodness that happened in junior high."
One of the attacks Paul was referencing was Trump’s recent Rolling Stone interview in which he mocked candidate Carly Fiorina’s looks.
"Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?" Trump exclaimed in the magazine. "Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she's a woman, and I’m not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
Fiorina fired back at Trump for the comments on Wednesday, saying, "I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said."
And Trump wasn’t any classier when he reacted to Paul’s accusations on Wednesday, going after the Kentucky senator’s appearance as well.
"I never attacked him on his look and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there – that I can tell you," he said, drawing an audible reaction from the audience.
The 69-year-old businessman, who said that his Secret Service code name would be "Humble," had a hard time keeping his opinions to himself, whether it was interrupting his fellow candidates or letting his myriad facial expressions do the talking.
I think Trump just did all the emoji faces in 7 seconds. pic.twitter.com/hC18pVxKgh— Jason Mustian (@jasonmustian) September 17, 2015
And he may have had a buddy in Ben Carson (they both claimed to be against the war in Iraq from the start), but based on the two’s awkward high-five/handshake combo, we won’t expect them to be buddying up any time soon.