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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The late night shows caught up on the Republican debate — and to borrow a line from Donald Trump, there was a lot of material of which they could make fun.

Larry Wilmore highlighted all the talk in the debate about getting rid of birthright citizenship: “One of the only mentions in this three-hour debate of brown people in America was in the context of keeping them out.”

Larry also found another historical world leader whose mannerisms were a lot like Donald Trump’s: “Okay look, for everybody out there who’s saying, ‘Larry, are you really comparing Trump to Mussolini?’ Yes — that’s exactly what I just did.'”

Seth Meyers pointed to how the debate was held in front of President Ronald Reagan’s old Air Force One airplane, “a setting that made it look like the plane landed, and then they made everybody in first class get out and answer a bunch of stupid questions.”

Conan O’Brien brought on a special guest from the Republican debate: Donald Trump’s high-five coach.

James Corden recapped the debate, making it as a historic occasion: “the first time Donald Trump has ever set foot in a library.”

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  • Dominick Vila

    What became evident, almost as soon as the second GOP debate began, is that Donald Trump is an entertainer, and a political empty suit. With the exception of using emotional issues – for most republicans – such as illegal immigration, abortion, Planned Parenthood, and repealing the ACA, he was completely out of place in a debate where well prepared politicians such as Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Kasich demonstrated knowledge of the issues that were debated, and the last two demonstrated a level of pragmatism and willingness to compromise that bordered on Republican sacrilege.
    Dr. Carson and Cruz catered to The Donald, ostensibly hoping to get the nod for the Nr. 2 spot on an increasingly elusive ticket. Marco committed political suicide when he acknowledged that – gasp – he spoke Spanish when he spoke to his Cuban grandfather. Marco, don’t confuse Miami, aka Little Havana, with Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, and the rest of the South and the Bible Belt. Huckabee and Santorum spoke to their evangelical and Catholic followers, and ignored everyone else. Graham spoke to USAF veterans, while reiterating his commitment to put boots on the ground in Iraq and Syria, and his willingness to sacrifice our young to ensure those countries have a chance to enjoy our puppet appointees. Fiorina was, along with Rubio, the most composed and pragmatic, within the realm of Republican orthodoxy, and focused on the dubious claim of being an outstanding Chief Executive. Don’t bother to call HP or Lucent. I doubt they will be able to introduce logic in Republican orthodoxy 101.