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:
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 is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C.
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