I used to wait until Saturday Night Live and South Park parodied political debates, but this week’s GOP debate doesn’t require satire from a third party (political pun intended). Here are a few remarks that were both depressingly hilarious—or just plain depressing.
Donald Trump: “A woman gets pregnant, she’s nine months … she walks across the border, she has the baby in the U.S., we take care of the baby for 85 years. I don’t think so. It’s not just Mexico; they’re coming from Asia to have babies here, and all of a sudden we have to take care of the babies for the life of the baby.” Trump and I definitely took a different biology class. According to what I was taught, one can’t be a baby for an entire 85 years. Also, he’s talking about babies while running as a candidate or a party that preaches having babies is the only thing women can do, but leave it to Donald Trump to say something that’s both sexist and xenophobic.
Carly Fiorina: “I wouldn’t change the $10 bill or the $20 bill. I think honestly, it’s a gesture. I don’t think it helps to change our history…we ought to recognize that women are not a special interest group when women are the majority of this nation.” It’s not as if the wage gap doesn’t exist. Women are totally well-represented in Congress, Planned Parenthood and other services women need are just fine, and sexism is so non-existent that her looks weren’t scrutinized by another candidate during the debate.
Ben Carson: “We’re talking about global jihadists who actually want to destroy us. They are an existential threat to our nation.” I doubt jihadists spend time reading Nietzsche and pondering the meaning of life, but what I do know is that the US wages many wars, and spreading fear isn’t a productive way to deal with the consequences. But that’s just me.