President Trump issued a one word verdict on the Democratic debate from Air Force One on Wednesday evening: ‘Boring!’ he said as he waited to take off from an Alaskan refueling stop.
The feeling was mutual. Until a discussion on Trump’s threat to use military action against Iran, he was barely mentioned.
‘Donald Trump is simply wrong. He says wind turbines cause cancer. We know they cause jobs,’ said Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a candidate running a climate change campaign, said in the most biting remarks before the tweet from the president.
It wasn’t until the end of the first hour of debate that Trump came under serious attack, when his authority to use force against Tehran came up.
Candidates such as Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar said he must get congressional authorization, as dictated by the war powers act.
‘He has made us less safe than we were when he became president,’ she said. ‘this president is literally, every single day, ten minutes away from going to war, one tweet away from going to war, And I don’t think we should conduct foreign policy in our bathrobe at 4 o’clock in the morning.’
Hawaiian Representative Tulsi Gabbard dove in right after her, saying, ‘This president and his Chickenhawk cabinet have led us to the brink of war with Iran.’
She said Trump is creating a situation in which ‘just a spark would light off war with Iran.’ Gabbard said, ‘Trump needs to get back in the Iran nuclear deal and swallow his pride.
‘Put the American people first,’ she implored him.
President Trump issued a one word verdict on the Democratic debate from Air Force One on Wednesday evening: ‘Boring!’ he said as he waited to take off from an Alaskan refueling stop
His top advisers launched counter attacks instead all around a coordinated message that Democrats are out of touch.
‘Now Democrats are for OPEN BORDERS! These debates are great, the American people can now see how far left the candidates are. If these policies were implemented millions of foreigners would flood our system and overwhelm public services. They are disconnected from reality!’ his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, said.
But soon they turned their focus to another foil: the network hosting the face off.
NBC had to cut to commercial unexpectedly, moments after switching to its second-hour moderators, because technicians had failed to switch off the previous three news anchors’ microphones.
Parscale was quick to shame them on Twitter. The president followed suit.
He said NBC and its sister channel MSNBC ‘should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate. Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a FAKE NEWS Organization, which they are!’
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Trump surrogate, also mocked the network, saying, ‘God bless the NBC technician who gave us a “break” from the Democratic debate. #AmericanHero’
Earlier Trump went on the attack against Joe Biden from Air Force One on Wednesday night as Democrats prepared to take the stage on the first of two evenings of verbal jousting.
Biden won’t make an appearance on the debate stage until the next evening, but Trump encouraged his competitors to put their sights on him early.
He hinted at a racial controversy that Biden had over the weekend, when he said he had good working relationship with segregationists.
He said a crime bill the former senator championed with the Clintons ‘inflicted great pain on many, but especially the African American Community’ and he should be held to account.
President Trump went on the attack against Joe Biden on Wednesday night as Democrats prepared to take the stage on the first of two evenings of verbal jousting
Trump first suggested he’d be sitting the event out, as he’s currently on a plane, making his way Osaka for the Group of 20 Summit
Trump first suggested he’d be sitting the event out, as he’s currently on a plane, making his way Osaka for the Group of 20 Summit.
‘Sorry, I’m on Air Force One, off to save the Free World!’ he said in a message that encouraged his 61.4 Million followers.
But he couldn’t stop himself from tweeting, at least one more time, about another Group of 20 – the 20 Democrats who met their party’s requirements to appear on the Miami debate stage.
‘Ever since the passage of the Super Predator Crime Bill, pushed hard by @JoeBiden, together with Bill and Crooked Hillary Clinton, which inflicted great pain on many, but especially the African American Community, Democrats have tried and failed to pass Criminal Justice Reform,’ he tweeted.
Trump wrote: ‘They came to me asking for help, and I got Criminal Justice Reform passed, with help from both Republicans and Democrats. Many said that nobody but President Trump could have done this. All previous administrations failed. Please ask why THEY failed to the candidates!’
The G20 is being held in Japan this year, which means the president will be on a long-haul flight with little else to do while it’s taking place.
He was due to be wheels up from a refueling stop several minutes into the debate.
Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel told DailyMail.com before the debate that she expected Trump to live tweet the debate, although she hadn’t asked him if he would.
‘Knowing our president, I would expect some live tweets,’ she said during a conversation that came as she ran from interview to interview at the opposing party’s first debate.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said he wasn’t worried about the president’s presumptive tweeting as he held court with reporters several hours later.
‘Not at all,’ he told DailyMail.com in the spin room at the debate site. ‘We’re going to talk about the issues, there will be nobody talking about hand size at tonight’s debate. There will be nobody trying to figure out silly nicknames for their opponents. We’ll leave that to the Republicans.’