Trump: Foes ‘Got No Air Time’ in Debate
Donald Trump demonstrated a small degree of compassion on Thursday. He sympathized with his Republican foes, saying that the majority of them didn’t get enough time to speak during the recent debate.
“I thought I was on too much,” he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I felt badly for everyone else.”
“Every question had to do with me,” Trump said. “I mean, everything was about Trump. It was a little bit unfair to a lot of other people, frankly.”
“A lot of them are friends of mine and they got, they got no air time last night,” he added of the other Republican presidential contenders. “It was really a little bit wild. But from my standpoint, I was treated fairly.”
The Hill reports:
The New York Times reported that there is some truth to Trump’s argument that he received the most attention from CNN during the debate.
It found that Trump received the most speaking time of any candidate with 20 minutes and seven seconds. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, it added, clocked in at a distant second with 16 minutes and 48 seconds of his own.
Trump also argued on Thursday morning that he was impressed by most of his opponents during Wednesday night’s debate in Simi Valley, Calif.
“I thought there was nobody who did poorly,” the real estate tycoon said. “But I was involved with virtually every question.”
Trump said he was especially impressed by Wednesday’s night’s only female participant, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
“I think that Carly did well,” he said. “I thought she did well too, but I didn’t see it as a standout.”
Fiorina and Trump sparred during Wednesday night’s contest about his comment about her face and their mutual business records.
Trump admitted on Thursday that he expected a bigger battle with Bush.
“I thought [Bush] did fine,” he said. “I thought he did very well. I thought he was going to push me harder to apologize to his wife.”
Bush attacked Trump Wednesday night for repeatedly mentioning his wife Columba Bush’s Mexican heritage on the campaign trail earlier this summer.
On multiple occasions, Trump has charged Bush with softness on illegal immigration because of his wife’s ancestry.
The outspoken billionaire then praised retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson for agreeing with him that vaccinations may have a role in autism during Wednesday night’s contest.
“I just like [Ben Carson] as a person, frankly,” Trump said. “And I thought his whole thing on autism where he backed me up was terrific.”
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