The GOP candidates squared off once again in a debate on Saturday night, and it was every bit as entertaining as the others. However, for front-runner Donald Trump, the audience appeared to be a bit hostile, and he claims it’s because they were all establishment plants. Well, looking at the number of tickets he received sheds a lot of light on his claim.
At one point in the debate, Trump and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush got into a heated exchange over eminent domain, and Trump apparently shushed Bush because he kept interrupted, which was met with loud boos from the crowd. That’s when Trump went into an anti-establishment tirade, and said that even though he tried, he couldn’t get any tickets.
The audience loudly booed Trump, driving the back-and-forth off the rails. Trump said audience members were all members of the Republican establishment.
“That’s all of his donors and special interests out there,” Trump said of the people booing him. “That’s what it is. And by the way, let me just tell you: We needed tickets. You can’t get them. You know who has the tickets? … Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That’s who it is.”
The booing continued. Trump said he was self-funding his campaign, so Republican donors weren’t a fan of his candidacy.
“The reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money.
Now we all know that the GOP has it out for Trump, even though they’re using him for fundraising in their emails. But was he being truthful with his accusations? Apparently, he was.
Roger Stone is a close associate of Trump’s, and according to a tweet of his, the audience was in fact stacked against The Donald.
The HOUSE is stacked- Trump Camp given ONLY 20 tickets- RNC Donors PURCHASED TICKETS- Hostile Establishment House #Trump2016
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) February 7, 2016
Shocker, huh. It appears as if Trump was merely calling them out on live television after being stonewalled trying to get his supporters into the event. Good for him.