Last night’s GOP debate was always predicted to be ‘the Donald Trump show’ – but the fact that Rand Paul got less than half the speaking time of the billionaire frontrunner again illustrates how easy it is to freeze out certain candidates.
While everyone accused Fox News of bias for trying to bait Trump throughout the interview, it only worked in the Donald’s favor – affording him a multitude more opportunities to showcase his quick-witted populism. This is why Trump is being called the teflon candidate – every time they attack him he gets more support, a point proven by his runaway victory in virtually all the post debate polls.
Trump is the teflon candidate. Every time they attack him he gets stronger. So why does everyone think Fox was biased? They helped him.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 7, 2015
While Trump was given time to make jokes about Rosie O’Donnell, Paul’s constitutional platform was relegated to the fringes. The Kentucky Senator spoke just 926 words in comparison to Trump’s 1,986.
In terms of speaking time, Trump had more than double that of Paul – over 11 minutes compared to Paul’s 5:28.
As others pointed out, half of Paul’s time was also taken up by other candidates attempting to talk over him.
— Duane A. Milner (@FedUp24seven) August 7, 2015
Fox News shafting a Republican candidate named Paul is nothing new. Former Congressman Ron Paul was repeatedly excluded from debate coverage, deleted from polls and hit with a myriad of other dirty tricks throughout his 2008 and 2012 campaigns.
So who was most satisfied by the outcome of last night’s debate?
Despite leading all the other Republican candidates by a significant margin, Trump has no chance whatsoever of beating Clinton in a hypothetical head to head. Trump could also diminish support for another Republican candidate if he goes third party, which he threatened to do last night.
Latest polls show that Trump trails Hillary amongst registered voters by 12 per cent. He even trails socialist Senator Bernie Sanders by a staggering 8 per cent.
On the other hand, Republican candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are virtually tied with Clinton. 30 per cent of Republicans also said they would definitely not support Trump, more than for any other candidate.
Given these numbers, it’s no surprise that some analysts think that Trump is actually a plant for Hillary Clinton – a wolf in GOP clothing. They cite Trump’s donations to Clinton’s Senate campaigns and to the Clinton Foundation, as well as a mysterious phone call that took place between Bill Clinton and Trump just weeks before Trump announced his candidacy.
While Trump is running his entire campaign on the premise that he is an anti-establishment maverick – he could in fact represent the very opposite.