WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2015 – I was very impressed with the majority of the candidates who participated in last night’s GOP debates. From Carly Fiorina to Scott Walker, most of the candidates gave strong performances, making it harder for me to get behind a single candidate at this point.
With that being said, there were a few candidates who fizzled: Lindsay Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore. This was to be expected though, as their debate performances mirror their lousy poll numbers.
That brings me to Donald Trump. Trump certainly did not fizzle, but his performance solidified why he is the worst Republican candidate on the field.
Donald Trump has been the talk of the town this summer, as he has enjoyed a great surge in his poll numbers. At this very moment he has an 11.8 percent lead in the poll’s over Bush and a 14.8 percent lead over Walker. While this seems intimidating at first, a closer look shows that a lot of his strong polling numbers is name recognition and his use of buzzwords that play to the frustrations of the Republican base. This was very apparent during his performance in the debate.
On multiple occasions, Trump either refused to directly answer the questions or he just made generalizations using buzzwords and jokes. There were no specific plans, nor did he provide evidence to back up a lot of his rhetoric.
Watch his response to allegations made by moderator Megyn Kelly
Trump has also raised some suspicions that he may actually be in the race to sabotage the Republicans going into the 2016 election. Sounds crazy, no? Well according to a Washington Post article about a phone conversation between Trump and Bill Clinton, it may not be so far-fetched after all. The Washington Post article claims that a week before he announced his candidacy Trump received a phone call from President Clinton urging him to become more involved in the Republican Party. Of course the Washington Post article could be untrue, but paired with the fact that he has donated thousands to the Democrats in the past does make one wonder.
Trump has said some pretty outlandish and offensive things recently, all of which could be used against the eventual Republican nominee in the general election. For example, Trump has said, “What can be simpler or more accurately stated? The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists, etc.”. While I believe stopping illegal immigration is very important, this kind of comments could be used against the Republican nominee in the general election.
To top it all off, Trump has made it clear that he plans on possibly running as a third-party candidate if he loses the nomination. That kind of splintering would most likely lead to an easy victory for the Democrats.
Take a look at what he said at the GOP debate last night; kudos to Rand Paul for calling him out.
Trump is enjoying his time in the spotlight and his temporary lead in the polls, but he is definitely the wrong man for the job. Last night’s debate leaves no doubt in my mind that Republicans across the nation need to say “Donald, you’re fired.”