Rand Paul makes a point during a Republican presidential primary debate, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) (AP)

Republicans react to a GOP debate without Trump: "Waste. What a freaking waste"

Trump proved to be even more of a lightning rod off the debate stage


Sophia Tesfaye
January 29, 2016 10:18AM (UTC)

While it's mighty hard to find a bit of consensus in the republican party these days, it seems that for a brief moment tonight a collective sigh of relief let out as Republicans realized their candidates could (barely) stand up without The Donald at centerstage:

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But like all things Trump, his notable absence from Fox News' debate still served as a point of  contention. While not all conservatives were happy about Trump's absence, many supporters were silent on Twitter during the Fox News debate:

Perhaps that's because they, too, had boycotted the debate:

 

 

Check out our GOP debate recap here:
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Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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