As of yesterday, Donald Trump was still leading by double digits in the New Hampshire polls, but will his comportment during the debate chip that lead away?
By the sounds of it, some folks in the audience during last night’s debate were not feeling the love for The Donald.
During an exchange with Jeb Bush over the subject of eminent domain, Trump was repeatedly booed.
Business Insider reports, After Trump defended the general concept of eminent domain as a “necessity” for government, Bush jumped in with a specific critique of the developer’s record on the topic.
“The difference between eminent domain for public purpose — as Donald said: roads and infrastructure and pipelines and all that, that’s for public purpose — but what Donald Trump did was use eminent domain to try to take the property of an elderly woman on the strip in Atlantic City. That not a public purpose. That is downright wrong.”
Bush was referencing an incident during the 1990s when Trump attempted to use eminent domain in Atlantic City, New Jersey to force an elderly woman, Vera Coking, to sell her home so he could expand his casino. She refused and won.
On Saturday night, Bush attempted to continue ripping into Trump, but Trump started interrupting him.
“All right. OK. Jeb, Jeb — he wants to be a tough guy. He wants to be a tough guy tonight. I didn’t take the property,” Trump said, as he and Bush talked over each other.
When Trump got his formal allotment of time, he again mocked Bush for supposedly trying to look like a “tough guy.”
“He wants to be a tough guy … and it doesn’t work very well with him,” Trump said.
Bush shot back, asking Trump how “tough it was to take property from an old lady. But Trump was having none of it.
“Let me talk. Let me talk. Quiet,” he said.
The audience loudly booed Trump, driving the back-and-forth off the rails. Trump said audience members were all members of the Republican establishment.
“That’s all of his donors and special interests out there,” Trump said of the people booing him. “That’s what it is. And by the way, let me just tell you: We needed tickets. You can’t get them. You know who has the tickets? … Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That’s who it is.”
The booing continued. Trump said he was self-funding his campaign, so Republican donors weren’t a fan of his candidacy.
“The reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money. I’m going to do the right thing for the American public,” Trump said.
He was booed again shortly after.
Ouch. How will this translate in the voting booth? We’ll know in just a few days…
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]