On October 25th, 2015 republicans, democrats, green partiers, and beyond tuned in for the GOP Joke –err, debate. For those who missed the debate, I live tweeted some memorable moments from the first half: Mike Huckabee comparing the government to a morbidly obese man, the moderators comparing Trump’s campaign to a comic book, and several arguments between Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Yep it’s all there. Let’s start from the top:
Although I don’t identify as a democrat or a republican, I am definitely more left-leaning. That being said, I was anxious to see what the Republican candidates had to say, especially in regards to the issues I’m most invested in: prison reform/abolition, racial justice, and education. I knew their responses probably would be unfavorable, but was unsurprised when these discussions weren’t even topics of conversation.
The first question the candidates were asked was, “What is your greatest weakness?” Although Trump’s clear weakness is racism, xenophobia, and bad hair–among other things he replied “I trust people too much.” Other candidates chimed in on places where they needed to improve, with “I’m too optimistic,” and “I love this country too much.” Why y’all lying though? #politics
Later on, the moderators questioned the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s campaign, calling it a “comic book.” Meanwhile, Ben Carson clearly understood the separation of church and state, by using a tithing analogy as his solution for tax reform.
While we’re on the subject of taxes, let’s move to candidate Ted Cruz, who suggested that we, “eliminate the payroll tax and the corporate income tax, to be replaced by a 16% Business Flat Tax.” Because of course, 16% tax rate is the same for large corporations as it is for small businesses. Got it.
The conversation moved a lot between Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Carly Fiorina–definitely prioritizing the views of some candidates above others.
Some of the candidates echoed their frustrations about whose voices are privileged over others. Ted Cruz challenged NBC, about the ethics of the questions and the ethics of who is getting to answer the questions. Then came conversations about social welfare/social services, which the Republican candidates kindly termed “entitlement programs.” The essential services that some people need to survive are being stigmatized, along with the people who receive those services. In other news, Huckabee compared the government changing its “corrupt” ways to a “400 pound man” trying to change his lifestyle but downing a bucket of “krispy kreme donuts.” Great.
After 45 minutes of (mostly) old white men yelling, typing furiously on my keyboard, and four new followers (yesss!) our live tweeting was finished. Phew!
Disclaimer: Prof. Dauphin did not endorse nor influence my tweets.