The recent Fox News Republican debate was more like a reality show popularity contest than a serious political event. While there was one intriguing moment when candidates had to throw each other under the bus, the rest of the debate resembled an unruly kindergarten class, with incessant squabbling and backbiting.
Fox News debate moderator Dana Perino: “Which one of you on stage tonight should be voted off the island? Please use your marker to write your choice on the notepad in front of you. 15 seconds.”
Led by Ron DeSantis, the candidates refuse to participate in the exercise. pic.twitter.com/9pQMINqxbA
— The Recount (@therecount) September 28, 2023
Host Dana Perino hit the nail on the head by pointing out that if all these candidates stay in the race, it’s a sure win for former President Donald Trump in the nomination race. She framed the debate like a reality show, asking, “Which one of you, on stage tonight, should be voted off the island?”
Candidates were given 15 seconds to write their choices down, but Ron DeSantis called out the disrespect inherent in this approach, saying, “We’re here to debate, but I think that’s disrespectful to my fellow competitors.”
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) September 28, 2023
Chris Christie, however, went ahead and voted Trump off the island, arguing that Trump has not only divided the Republican Party but has torn apart families and friends across the nation. Christie passionately stated that Trump needed to be voted out of the process.
Trump just said he doesn’t see any VP contenders in the group of Republicans currently debating.
He’s going to pick Kari Lake.pic.twitter.com/yDqZjGMl2X
— Paul A. Szypula 🇺🇸 (@Bubblebathgirl) September 28, 2023
In response, Trump didn’t hold back, throwing every debate participant under the bus. He asserted that he wouldn’t pick any of them as his Vice President and criticized their eagerness for various government positions.
In the end, the debate appeared more like a circus than a serious discussion of the issues facing the nation.