As sad and tragic as it is I soon discovered this was the real deal. The group on the stage were actually the candidates vying to become president of the United States and they were there to tell Americans why they should vote for them.
I have to admit I still think it was an SNL show hosted by the GOP. I just couldn't stop laughing.
When it came to the home front and economic policies I found out that the candidates believe that it was not Wall Street banks and the very rich people that run them who brought the country to the brink of financial collapse in 2008. It was the "Big-Bad-Government!" so Ben Carson says while he seems to not have a clue that it's the big bad government people (even Republicans) turn to when disaster like the one in Flint Michigan hits. Republicans don't hesitate to declare a disaster and call on the Big Bad Government they so detest for help.
As for foreign policy I found out that each of these candidates knew how to pronounce "Shia-Sunni-Kurd" and that these groups have been at war with each other for thousands of years. In spite of this, I heard that if elected president they had a solution; either throw money at them and let them kill each other off, or "carpet bomb" them into oblivion.
I also found out that not one of the candidates knew that Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden were creations of the Ronald Reagan years;
Covert action gained a new urgency under President Ronald Reagan and his Director of Central Intelligence William Casey. The United States met the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan with aid to the Afghan mujahidin. Reagan also directed CIA to support the anti-Communist Contras fighting the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.
As for 9/11. "George Bush kept America safe" UH?
And, let's not forget all the "BOOS" from the anti-Trump crowd that showed up for the show; the "donors" as Donald would say. I'm guessing that after the millions they pumped into these so-called candidates, they were not laughing.
An all-out brawl broke out on Saturday night’s debate stage — with Donald Trump at the center of the melee — as the GOP candidates viciously tried to wound each other ahead of next weekend’s South Carolina primary.
The fighting grew so fierce it even seemed to startle moderator John Dickerson.
““We’re in danger of driving this into the dirt,” he warned.
The first shots were fired early, when Trump invited scorn from his rivals by thrashing President George W. Bush for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on his watch.
“The World Trade Center came down. I lost hundreds of friends,” the New York businessman said, criticizing Bush for standing by his brother. “The World Trade Center came down during the reign of Bush.”
The rancor between the two men flared repeatedly, and sometimes comically. When pressed about his sometimes coarse language, Trump pointed to Bush: "Two days ago he says he would take his pants off and moon everybody," he said.
The tense exchange was interrupted only by a moment of comic relief from a seemingly exasperated Kasich. “This is just crazy, huh? This is just nuts,” he said.
Kasich sought at times to rise above the furor.
"I think we’re fixing to lose the election to Hillary Clinton," he said, calling for an end to negative advertising. "Let’s talk about what we’re for, and the Republican Party will be stronger."
Overall a classic brouhaha if there ever was one!
The only thing these guys seem to agree on was not to mention the one person they all know would trounce them in the general election. But that's for another time.