The fourth GOP primary debate was as stupid as the others. The debate, hosted by NewsNation and moderated by Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Vargas and Eliana Johnson, devolved into conspiracy theories and confusing personal attacks.
Sartorial splendor included DeSantis’s comment about “man dresses”.
Ron DeSantis, former lawyer for a Seal Team: “I don't support having a truck driver having to pay a student loan for someone that got a degree in gender studies. That is wrong.”
DeSantis wouldn't say directly that Trump is "mentally fit to be president," even when pressed repeatedly by the moderators and Christie.
"Father time is undefeated," DeSantis said. "I think we need somebody younger."
"He's afraid to answer," Christie chimed in. "This is the problem with my three colleagues: They're afraid to offend."
The other candidates didn't engage on Trump's overall fitness for office or his recent suggestion that he would be a "dictator" on the first day of a second term, when Trump said he would focus on the border and on drilling. Ramaswamy instead launched into a conspiracy-laden answer involving Jan. 6, 9/11, "stolen" elections and the "great replacement theory."
“DeSantis Disaster: Why a Wannabe Authoritarian’s Campaign Fails”:
In the authoritarian cult politics of Trump’s Republican party, the leader is like a strict father who sets the rules and doles out discipline and exerts total control over the family. To question his authority, or to make an effort to displace him, is to fundamentally violate the sacred order of the conservative moral system. The strict father must be obeyed, not betrayed.