by Todd Starnes
The biggest loser in last night’s Republican presidential debate was the Fox News brand – took one right on the chin. What a disaster.
Stuart Varney, Dana Perino and Unvision’s Ilia Calderon lost complete control of the debate and inserted their own opinions and bias into the questions and the refereeing.
Scott Walker, the president of Young America’s Foundation, came up with a brilliant idea – no moderators with views that are contrary to the Republican platform.
Ms. Calderon was literally spewing leftwing talking points on gay rights and illegal immigration and Mr. Varney stumbled through the entire debate.
Subtitles would’ve been nice.
And then there was Ms. Perino – fresh off her appearance at Hillary and Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative.
She delivered one of the cringiest moments – asking candidates to write down the name of someone who should be voted off the island.
I would’ve picked the moderators.
It really does make you question the judgment of the Republican National Committee. Why was Fox given exclusive rights to the first two presidential debates?
Why wasn’t the second debate hosted on Newsmax? They have a massive audience – much larger than Fox Business. And Newsmax has established itself as a truly fair and balanced television network.
RNC chair Ronna McDaniel needs to decide if the debates are more about currying favor with Fox News Channel or helping voters understand the nuanced positions of the candidates.
And that brings me to the candidates. Sweet mercy, America.
Gov. Ron DeSantis was slathered in makeup. Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott were yammering about curtain fabrics while Chris Christie auditioned for a primetime gig on CNN.
Vivek Ramaswamy barked liked a used car salesman wearing a Wayne Newton pompadour. And former Vice President Mike Pence made the entire nation cringe with a joke about his sex life (pardon me, just threw up a little in my mouth).
The only adult on the stage last night was North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.
Honestly, the true winner of last night’s debate was former President Donald Trump – for having the foresight to stay as far away from that dumpster fire as possible.
So here’s my pro-tip: the next time Fox Business wants to host a Republican presidential debate – don’t hire moderators from MSNBC.
Holy shit did that just happen? Survivor?
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 28, 2023
The answer to the "who would you throw off the island" question was far better than the question.
It was a cheap stunt, designed to make an ugly debate even uglier.
I'm glad that it failed to get the on-camera moment that they were hoping for. Shame on Dana & Fox for using it.
— Joel M. Petlin (@Joelmpetlin) September 28, 2023
Trump won that debate hands down.
— Brett Kimberly (@Brett_Kimberly4) September 28, 2023
@FoxNews putting on a total sh*t show! Seriously, that's how they end the debate!
No closing statements??? What the heck!
Just a horrible production!
— Proud Conservative 🇺🇸 🐊 (@CruzinAhead) September 28, 2023
Weird how Biden is jailing the leader of the Republican Party and Democrat judges are dissolving his business and no one the GOP primary debate seems to have noticed
But sure they’ll totally take on the deep state
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 28, 2023
I have officially given up on this stupid @foxdebate. #SHUTUP this is the worst debate i have seen in my lifetime. Why does the @gop keep going to the networks? Only winner: Trump because he is not anywhere near. #foxfailure
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) September 28, 2023