‘You’re Like a 5-Year-Old!’: CNN’s Latest Republican Town Hall Embarrasses Nation Once Again

Though it’s been a while since the last official Republican presidential debate, CNN held a town hall tonight hosted by Anderson Cooper with the three remaining Republican candidates. While these events are not as “explosive” as the usual debates, they still provide plenty of interesting moments. Especially with many questions coming directly from audience members.



Up first tonight was Sen. Ted Cruz who, in my opinion, presented himself well – but that’s about it. If you’re someone who was actually listening to the “answers” Cruz was giving… he hardly answered anything. When he was asked about using ground troops in Syria, he responded with a rant about how President Obama and Hillary Clinton supported the removal of Gaddafi from power in Libya. When he was called out by Anderson Cooper over his “carpet bombing” talking point – with the CNN host citing current military leaders who’ve called out Cruz’s talking point for not making any sense – he continued to dance around the fact you can’t carpet bomb heavily populated areas (where ISIS currently is) without violating the Geneva Convention. Clearly showing that he has no idea what the hell he’s talking about. Then when he was asked whether or not he would support a bipartisan bill aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse by former veterans that was named after the son of the man who asked the question – Cruz ended up rambling on about border security – never once directly answering the simple yes or no question.

In fact, Cruz repeatedly dodged answering basically every question asked of him. Sure, he gave extremely long, very detailed sounding responses to the questions – but they weren’t actual answers to what was asked.

Next up was Donald Trump who was equally as embarrassing. The entire first part of the back and forth consisted of him avoiding Cooper calling out some of his nonsense, with the “moment” of their back and forth questioning happening when the CNN host said Trump was acting “like a 5-year-old” by claiming that his attack on Heidi Cruz is justified because the Texas senator “started it.”

It was fantastic.

The rest of Trump’s answers are exactly what you’ve heard him say time and time again. I’ll go ahead and summarize his answer to just about everything asked:

I’m smarter than everyone. I’ll do what no one else can do. I’m the best at doing everything. American is a loser, I’ll make it great again. China is bad. Mexico is bad. President Obama is stupid. The border isn’t protected. If I say something offensive it’s because you’re being too politically correct. I’m really… really rich.

His most embarrassing moment came when he was asked three things the federal government should be responsible for, and he responded by saying security, health care and education. Though he then immediately backtracked by saying education should be handled at the state level and he wasn’t in favor of federally run health care. So, basically, he gave three answers to what the federal government should be responsible for – then instantly said that two of them weren’t things the federal government should be responsible for.



I don’t even know what to say to that.

He also tried to claim that “NATO is obsolete” then went on to prove that he really has no idea what NATO does or why it’s still incredibly important.

Listening to this buffoon, I can see why he appeals mostly to the uneducated: He doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

Donald Trump is basically saying what many Republican voters say in the comments sections of conservative blogs. It’s uninformed nonsense based on nothing more than ignorance, idiocy and the complete lack of understanding how many of these very complex issues work. Even though I’m not a Republican, as an American, I’m ashamed that someone this stupid has managed to become a leading presidential candidate for one of our two largest political parties.

Though the “moment” of the night (if you’re a Republican) came when Trump publicly said he doesn’t promise to support the eventual Republican nominee if it’s not him, breaking a pledge he’s made twice where he said he would support the nominee if he doesn’t win. That’s a pretty big deal. Though, being Trump, he could change his mind the next time he’s asked the same question.

As for John Kasich, as usual, he was the most level-headed of the three candidates – but at this point it doesn’t really matter anymore. His only chance in this race is to hope for a brokered convention where he’s picked as the nominee. If that happens, it’s not going to matter who the nominee is – because all hell is going to break loose within the Republican party.

After watching this town hall tonight, we must make sure either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is our next president. No matter what flaws either Clinton or Sanders might have, on their worst day they’re a million times better than these Republican candidates. We cannot let either a radical zealot (Cruz) or a raging egomaniac (Trump) be in charge of this country. Especially with the balance of the Supreme Court for the next 20-30 years up for grabs.

I’m not exaggerating at all when I say that I don’t believe this country will ever be able to recover from a President Trump or Cruz. And if it ever did, it would take generations for that to happen.

Please, everyone, this November #VoteBlueNoMatterWho.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Eg Kbbs

    Cruz actually pointed to Obama and H Clinton as wanting Ghaddafi out ?

    Every prez for decades has called for taking him out. I particularly remember after the Lockerbie (?sp?) Bombing.

    And was Cruz around for all the ‘mehrikuns praising the Arab Spring and the sweet smell of freedom as it would inevitably mean the mid-east would become a capitalist shopping mall ?

    • strayaway

      Wanting Khaddafi out and conducting an unconstitutional executive fiat war to remove him are two different things. Khaddafi long ago atoned for his Lockerbie bombing and ended his nuclear weapon program. Note to other countries ending their nuclear weapons program: Look what happened to Khaddafi. Why anyone would vote for more such Hillary policies is beyond me and Grandpa Sanders said he agreed with her foreign policy as Secretary of State.

      • Andy Kinnard

        There is some truth to that, and I remember thinking, when we were clearly trying to depose him, that it sets a bad example of how leaders who surrender their nuclear arsenals are rewarded. Wow, stray, I can”t believe we agree on something!

      • strayaway

        It is getting close to April First. We will probably find other things we can disagree about in the future when normalcy returns.

  • etshoney

    Good for you, a Socialist and a crooked liar, that would be just wonderful

    • Bonta-kun

      As opposed to a religious nutball not even liked by his own side and a fascist racist egomaniac?

  • Nancy B

    It’s humiliating for me, as an American, that it has gotten this far. Try reading the Washington Post’s editorial staff Trump interview transcript, too, for more of the same. But I recommend taking some aspirin first to ward off the headache.

  • I look at the choices I am faced in the general election come November. If this is the best both Democrats and Republicans can give, then the two party system has failed Americans horribly. Republicans have a clown and a religious nut job. The Democrats are clearly rigging the system, supporting a candidate who isn’t capable of handle emails, because the other person is not electable. This election cycle gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “vote for the lesser evil,” routine.