I watched the Republican debate, held in Detroit, Michigan tonight, online.
Most of the “debate” was not surprising. We all expected the debate to go something like this: Trump insults everyone; Rubio insults Trump; Kasich stays out of it “like an adult”; Cruz repeats over and over that he will repel Obama Care; and no one actually debates the important issues. And that is pretty much how the debate went.
However, what is surprising is how Fox essentially supported Trump. Not only did they give Trump the most airtime and give Trump the final word, but they asked each of the candidates an impossible question at the end. The question went as follows:
“If Trump wins the nominee, will you support him in the general election?”
Imagine this question from Rubio, Kasich, and Cruz’s perspective. The people voting for them in the upcoming primaries and caucuses the next two key week are Republicans who also hate Hillary. These conservative voters want to know who will stand against Hillary and who can beat Hillary in the general election. In fact, the hatred that the Republicans have for Hillary came up in the Q&A between Bill O’Reilly and Ted Cruz, when O’Reilly pointed out that voters are not just concerned with “whose the best man,” but “who can beat Hillary?” This is why the question “who can beat Hillary” came up over and over again in the debate tonight; real issues and real content was not debated, but “who can beat Hillary?” was mentioned several times.
Let us ignore the fact that the candidates are essentially loyally bound to support their party. If Kasich, Rubio, and Cruz answered the question by saying that they support the Republican party, “except if Trump wins, then I support Hillary,” then they would have lost their voters. Tomorrow all the headlines would have read, “The candidates betray their party,” and Trumps polls would have risen. In the same manner, if they had answered that they would support an independent over Trump, that too would be a betrayal of their party, still supporting Hillary indirectly, and even more voters would lose interest in any candidate but Trump.
On the other hand, since Kasich, Rubio, and Cruz said, “yes, I will support Trump if he wins,” they have essentially told the voters that it’s okay to vote for a fraud, cheater, and all the other more negative words Trump was called during the debate.
If the candidates had said, “no, I won’t support Trump,” Trump would have gotten a significant boos. Since they said, yes, they conceded to Trump, a man who they believe is a fraud.
If they said, “no,” they would have gotten media reticule for their betrayal. since they said, “yes,” media says this.
But one thing is clear: The anti-Trump movement is overrated. If he wins the nomination, Republicans will fall in line, more eager to win the Oval Office than stop a dangerous strongman.
Whose side is Fox really on? At some point, the media needs to admit that they are helping Trump rise. Trump is a fire and the media just feeds logs on the fire all night long, and believe me, the darkness and night are only getting longer.