The second Republican presidential candidate debate on Tuesday opened with front-runner Donald Trump tangling with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
“Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage,” Trump told host Jake Tapper. “He’s number 11. He’s got 1 percent in the polls. There’s far too many people up here anyway. As far as temperament, I have a great temperament.”
Tapper had started the debate with a question to Carly Fiorina regarding whether she felt Trump could be entrusted with the country’s nuclear protocols. Fiorina responded by saying that was up to the voters to decide, setting the stage for Trump’s attack on the Kentucky senator.
“I kinda have to laugh — sounds like a non sequitur,” Paul said when asked to respond. “He was asked whether or not he would be capable [of handling] the nuclear weapons, and all of a sudden there’s a sideways attack at me.”
The Tea Party senator then asked whether voters wanted someone using Trump’s kind of “careless language” to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and said there was a “sophomoric quality” to Trump that made him entertaining.
“I am worried; I’m very concerned about having him in charge of the nuclear weapons, because I think his response, his visceral response to attack people on their appearance — short, tall, fat, ugly,” Paul said. “My goodness, that happened in junior high. Are we not way above that?”
“I never attacked him on his looks,” Trump said of Paul, before adding, “And believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there, that I can tell you.”
Watch the back-and-forth, as posted online, below.
‘Go look at President Trump’s Twitter’: Portland right-wing rally organizer claims ‘mission success’
The organizer of a far-right rally in Portland, Oregon claimed the event was a "success" after President Donald Trump attacked Portlandiers protesting the group.
"A confluence of protesters on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum merged on Portland’s waterfront Saturday in a tense but relatively uneventful face-off that brought national attention, including a tweet in the hours before the protest by President Trump decrying the city’s signature anti-fascist movement," the Oregonian reported Saturday.
When a similar right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Virginia killed Heather Heyer, Trump argued there were "fine people" on both sides of the "Unite the Right" rally.
Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?
The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.
"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.
The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."
‘Not surprised at all that the president sides with the white nationalists’: Native American Congresswoman
One of the first two Native America women blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.
Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.
Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) was asked about Trump's tweet by CNN's Ana Cabrera.