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The first debate in the GOP presidential primary season may have been five days ago, but the controversy still remains thanks to Donald Trump’s endless criticism of the debate questions and co-moderator Megyn Kelly. Trump accused her of asking him an inappropriate question and said that she had “blood in her eyes.”

Trump also said that the questions were “not nice.”

There isn’t a rule that debate questions have to be nice, but they should be appropriate.

Here are the questions that Trump was asked during the debate:

1.  Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” … Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?

2. Mr. Trump, it has not escaped anybody’s notice that you say that the Mexican government, the Mexican government is sending criminals — rapists, drug dealers, across the border. Governor Bush has called those remarks, quote, “extraordinarily ugly.” I’d like you — you’re right next to him — tell us — talk to him directly and say how you respond to that and — and you have repeatedly said that you have evidence that the Mexican government is doing this, but you have evidence you have refused or declined to share. Why not use this first Republican presidential debate to share your proof with the American people?

2a. Mr. Trump, I’ll give you 30 seconds — I’ll give you 30 seconds to answer my question, which was, what evidence do you have, specific evidence that the Mexican government is sending criminals across the border? Thirty seconds.

3.Mr. Trump, ObamaCare is one of the things you call a disaster. … Now, 15 years ago, you called yourself a liberal on health care. You were for a single-payer system, a Canadian-style system.Why were you for that then and why aren’t you for it now.

4.  Mr. Trump, it’s not just your past support for single- payer health care. You’ve also supported a host of other liberal policies. You — you’ve also donated to several Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton included, Nancy Pelosi. You explained away those donations saying you did that to get business-related favors. And you said recently, quote, “When you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.” … So what specifically did … they do?

5. Mr. Trump, you talk a lot about how you are the person on this stage to grow the economy. I want to ask you about your business record. Trump corporations — Trump corporations, casinos and hotels, have declared bankruptcy four times over the last quarter-century. In 2011, you told Forbes Magazine this: “I’ve used the laws of the country to my advantage.” But at the same time, financial experts involved in those bankruptcies say that lenders to your companies lost billions of dollars. Question sir, with that record, why should we trust you to run the nation’s business?

5a. No, but the concept sir… that’s your line, but your companies have gone bankrupt.

5b. Well sir, let’s just talk about the latest example … which is Trump Entertainment Resorts, which went bankrupt in 2009. In that case alone, lenders to your company lost over $1 billion and more than 1,100 people were laid off. … Is that the way you’d run the country?

6.  Mr. Trump, in 1999, you said you were, quote, “very pro- choice.” Even supporting partial-birth abortion. You favored an assault-weapons ban as well. In 2004, you said in most cases you identified as a Democrat. Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on the stage things like clowns and puppets. When did you actually become a Republican?

7.  Mr. Trump, 30 seconds to respond (to Jeb Bush’s original question, which related to Trump’s name-calling)

8.  Mr. Trump, closing statement, sir.

There was one additional question which was asked of all candidates at the beginning of the debate about pledging not to run an independent third party campaign, which was clearly targeted at Trump, who has been rumored to be considering such a run should he fail to win the GOP nomination.

There is little doubt that Trump may have been grilled a little harder than the other candidates, but he also had more airtime than his rivals, who had to field some equally uncomfortable questions.

Maybe Trump and his opponents thought that the Fox News moderators were going to go easy on them, owing to the network’s conservative bent. But by getting tough they were actually doing the field a favor by preparing them for what’s sure to come from the Democrats and the liberal media as the campaign wears on.

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  • Mesa Mike

    Maybe we should call Kelly the “Menstruator”? But that would just play in to the hands of Trump’s critics. I do think the country’s unparalleled list of problems are due in large part to “Marxism by menopause,” as groups of international socialists made prime targets of 40-50 million U.S. women within that vulnerable age range, shaping many of them to be feminist activists and unwitting covert operatives. I see nothing at all inappropriate about discussing that.

  • GT90ford

    As much as I hate to admit it, Trump cannot win either as a Republican or as a third party candidate, he has a 48% disapproval rating among main stream voters, Democrat/Liberals not included in the polls. The first order of business is to get Bush out of the race, once and for all. G.W.H. Bush lost due to Ross Perot, and put Clinton in the White House, then did it again for Clinton’s second term. McCain (ughhh) lost due to third party votes, although it’s likely he would not have won anyway. Same thing happened to Mitt Romney. Non of these were by any means who I wanted, but handing the election to Liberals is just uncalled for. Now we will get Hillary, Sanders, or Biden if he runs, either will finish off the US as we once knew it, with no chance at ever winning again. I don’t think the economy will last past 2016.

  • Steven Barrett

    What was stopping Ms. Kelly from asking Trump questions about real issues like the burdens of student debt, combatting climate change by promoting more private iniatives, overcrowding in prisons and local jails, infrastructure repairs that could boost private sector orders and create more jobs which can only have positive rippling ramifications in the general economy? I can understand Kelly’s desire to uncloak the emperor in the forum with his record of treating women like dirt, not to mention so many others Trump seems fit to trash on any given day … but to go after the guy’s temperament issue right off the bat gave him the opportunity to turn what should’ve been a campaign crusher into a positive for him?
    And why didn’t any of the other anchors and/or GOP contenders take on Mike Huckabee’s off-beam promise to scuttle the 5th and 14th amendments to end abortion? What kind of judgment and temperament was he showing to admit he’d waste a lot of time and political good will to sacrifice two of our most treasured amendments in terms of what it’s cost so many people to invoke or achieve just to “solve” the abortion issue.
    This was a cattle call, a comedic farce and The Donald won because Roger Ailes wanted him to win. And Roger Ailes knows the full value of controversy just for it’s own value. It $ure $ell$ valuable ad time.

  • Steven Barrett

    Mesa Mike, which one of those caves out west did a trog like yourself crawl out of? Oh, you didn’t like this, maybe I’m not being “nice” or “fair enough”? What’s good for the goose can just as easily trump the gander or vice-versa.