Last night on Fox News Channel, the political party that loves to attack Hollywood for celebrating vulgarity, vapidity and violence staged a debate that celebrated vulgarity, vapidity and violence. Here are some of the top moments.
Donald Trump’s Enormous Hands. Trump brought up his hands at the start of the debate, suggesting, as some have said, he’s sensitive about them. Marco Rubio, in a pre-Super Tuesday rally speech, said of Trump, “You know what they say about men with small hands — they can’t be trusted.” Rubio got asked about those personal attacks, because apparently presidential candidates who have not starred in reality TV series are held to some higher standard than those who have.
“He hit my hands. Nobody has ever hit my hands. I’ve never heard of this! Look at those hands! Are they small hands?” he asked FNC moderators Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace. “He referred to my hands – if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there is no problem. I guarantee.”
This led to some interesting headlines on news sites:
Yoga. According to Nielsen, The Most Tweeted Minute of the night came at 10:15 PM ET, when Ted Cruz told Trump to shove a sock in it after the billionaire businessman kept interrupting his ruminations about the front-runner’s “tenuous relationship with the truth.”
Cruz to Trump: “Donald, please! I know it’s hard not to interrupt. Breathe, breathe. You can do it.”
Trump, trying to sound like a man with big hands: “I am, Ted.”
Cruz: “You can breathe. I know it’s hard.”
Rubio, to moderators: “When they’re done with the yoga, can I answer a question?”
Cruz: “I really hope that we don’t see yoga on this stage.”
Rubio: “Well, [Trump’s] very flexible, so you never know.”
Torture. Trump got asked to defend his large-handed positions advocating waterboarding, torture and the killing of terrorists’ families. Specifically, he got asked about former CIA Director Michael Hayden’s recent observation that the military could defy unlawful POTUS orders to torture or kill civilians. “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse, believe me,” Trump replied. “I’m a leader; I’ve always been a leader. I’ve never had any problem leading people. If I say ‘do it,’ they’re going to do it. That’s what leadership is all about.”
He continued: “You look at the Middle East, they’re chopping off heads. They’re chopping off the heads of Christians and anybody else that happens to be in the way. They’re drowning people in steel cages, and now we’re talking about waterboarding. … It’s fine, and if we want to go stronger, I’d go stronger too. Because, frankly, that’s the way I feel. Can you imagine these people, these animals, over in the Middle East that chop off heads, sitting around talking and seeing that we’re having a hard problem with waterboarding? We should go for waterboarding, and we should go tougher than waterboarding.”