The second GOP debate happened last night, and hours later, the entire race has changed.
Earlier today, we reported that Donald Trump had been declared the undisputed winner of the debate. However, he faced some damning accusations during the debate that could make it difficult for him to maintain his enormous lead.
According to People, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul slammed Trump for the way he has run his race so far, calling him “sophomoric.” This came after Trump targeted Paul, saying he didn’t deserve to even be in this debate since he’s no longer polling in the top ten.
“First of all, Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage. He’s number 11, he’s got one percent in the polls, and how he got up here – there’s far too many people up here anyway,” Trump said bluntly.
Paul responded with some attacks of his own.
“I kind of have to laugh,” Paul said. “Sounds like, hmm, a non sequitur. He’s asked if he would be capable … to be in charge of the nuclear weapons and all of the sudden there’s this sideways attack at me? I think that really goes to the judgment. Do we want someone with that some of character, that kind of careless language, to be negotiating with Putin?”
“I think there’s a sophomoric quality that is entertaining about Mr. Trump, but I am very concerned about having him in charge of the nuclear weapons because I think his visceral response to attack people on their appearance – short, tall, fat ugly,” he continued. “My goodness, that happened in junior high. Are we not way above that?”
Trump was unfazed by this, however, and he silenced Paul with one final comment.
“I never attacked him on his look,” Trump said, “and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.”
While Paul is certainly no match for Trump, his accusations of Trump’s immaturity have been going viral today. Though some say Trump is just “telling it like it is,” others say he is an immature bully who targets anyone who dares to oppose him. While Trump unarguably won last night’s debate, he might want to change up his strategy a bit to prevent losers like Paul from calling him “sophomoric.”