Donald Trump continued his analysis of Tuesday’s night’s debate, which he live-tweeted, during a rally in Richmond, Va. on Wednesday.
The Republican front-runner’s biggest criticism was that he felt no one went after Hillary Clinton aggressively enough. “Nobody attacked her,” he said. “There was no attack.”
The moderators and other Democratic candidates stuck to policy questions, Trump said. In contrast, he felt the Republican debates were “like a reality television show. With me, everything was an attack.”
Trump was appalled at the extent to which he felt Clinton moved to the left to compete with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom he calls a communist/socialist and a “maniac.”
“I watched last night as Hillary and Bernie Sanders, they just couldn’t give away things fast enough,” Trump said, presumably referring to their promises of spending on programs such as higher education and paid family leave. “And they’re giving them to illegal immigrants. They want heath care for illegal immigrants. They want drivers licenses for illegal immigrants. They want, listen to this, social security for illegal immigrants.”
On health care, Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with “something that’s going to be terrific.” He said his plan will save money, allow patients to choose their doctors and feature lower deductibles. He did not, however, provide any further details.
Trump sardonically praised Clinton for her flip-flop on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
“I have to hand it to Hillary Clinton. You’re all going to be mad at me, but I have to hand it to her,” he told the crowd of supporters. “It took great courage for her to go against President Obama on the trade pact. You know why? Because she could be indicted,” he said, implying that upsetting Obama could leave her open to prosecution for having classified material on her private email server.
“Petraeus did 5% of what she did and they destroyed his life,” Trump said.
At one point, the crowd erupted in boos as a small group of immigration activists waived signs and began to heckle the candidate.
“That’s alright,” Trump says as the boos subsided. “That’s why we have freedom of speech,” he said.
At least one Trump supporter was not as understanding, cursing and spitting in the face of one protester.
After praising the First Amendment, Trump turned on the media. “I’ll tell you how dishonest the press is,” he said. “We have thousands of people in the room … and we have about 10 people over there. They’ll get the headline. You won’t. That’s pretty disgusting but that’s the way it goes.”
On the subject of immigration, Trump again promised a wall along the border with Mexico that is “going to be something special,” and said that Mexico would pay for its construction. He also said there will be, “a big beautiful door right in the middle” of it for desirable immigrants. It was unclear if the door is metaphorical.
In one interesting non-sequitur, Trump claimed that his appearance on NBCs Meet the Press saved host Chuck Todd’s job.
“He had his highest ratings in 4 1/2 years,” Trump said of Todd. “He called up our office. He said thank you. I saved his job.”
Trump made it clear that he intends to win the nomination and become the next president, saying otherwise the entire race would have been a waste of his time.
“I don’t care about my company. It’s peanuts,” he said, explaining that his older children can run it while he is president. What really matters, he said, is “the movement” that his presidential campaign has begun.
“I want to make you so proud of this country again,” Trump said, before leaving the stage as Twisted Sister’s We’re not gonna take it thundered through the hall.