As with the other GOP debates, last-night’s Fox Business Network gripe-fest was less weird and amusing than it was objectively terrifying. And that wasn’t just because the candidates stepped on each others’ toes in a furious scramble to distort and misrepresent crucial facts about important issues including job growth, corporate-tax forgiveness, and small-business creation. It wasn’t just because they got basic facts about national security and immigration wrong. It wasn’t just because they launched a unified attack on the idea of raising the federal minimum wage (which currently stands at $7.25 an hour).
No, it was frightening because when the people vying to lead America threw out boldfaced lies or argued that some of our hardest-working laborers could and should accept earning $15,000 a year, the audience exploded with applause. We live in ugly times.
Luckily, there were bright spots as when these nominally powerful people whined like schoolchildren, claimed China was active in Syria, referred to themselves in the third person, or simply made no sense at all. Actually, those aren’t bright spots at all. Oh, well. At least we can GIF the hell out of them and have a good laugh, right? RIGHT?
Transcription provided by the Washington Post.