Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump wasn’t impressed by his Democratic rivals’ performance during their first debate, and he let America know about it with some real scathing one-liners.
The response to Trump’s zingers has been huge – his social media accounts last night grew more than any of the candidates actually on television.
The billionaire businessman and showman offered his commentary, where he described the debate as “a little sad!” and said the candidates seemed too scripted and rehearsed.
He had especially harsh words for the lower-polling candidates, saying there’s “no way” anyone can imagine former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee as president, and Trump thinks former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley “has very little chance.”
On former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, he retweeted someone asking, “Why is Webb there??”
His best of the night?
Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2015
It seems the American people agreed. While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gained 15,000 new followers, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders added 50,000, it was The Donald who emerged victorious. His Twitter account added 60,000 new supporters last night alone.
One bold-name Democrat that was completely absent from the first Democratic presidential debate: Joe Biden. The vice president had been expected to be the elephant in the room as he continues weighing whether to enter the primary.
But not one of the five candidates onstage mentioned his name, nor were they asked how his entrance would alter the race.
Speculation about a potential late-entrance by Biden was so high that debate host CNN had an extra podium on hand for him just in case. But Biden stayed back at his official residence in Washington to watch the debate on television.
The Associated Press contributed to this article