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You cannot understate the dumpster fire that was last night’s CBS Dem debate. Here are your highlights.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders quickly learned at Tuesday night’s Democratic primary debate that being the front-runner is like having a target hanging on your back, as the self-avowed socialist senator from Vermont took blow after blow.

In naming winners and losers from the spectacle in South Carolina, Sanders would be near the top when it comes to losers, but CBS clearly tops that list as moderators Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell were out of their league, allowing candidates to scream over one another in what proved to be an embarrassing display.

Hell, the duo couldn’t even close out what proved to be a circus, as O’Donnell tried to bring the debate to an end prematurely, with King interjecting to announce it wasn’t quite over yet.

If there was one moment that captured the “disaster” CBS presents, it was seen here:

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a release that the only choice in November is President Donald Trump.

“The complete chaos we saw tonight shows that none of these Democrats deserve to be anywhere near the Oval Office,” she said. “When we could hear over the crosstalk, we heard Democrats singing the same old song in support of socialism. Whether it’s tax hikes on every American, socialized medicine or open borders, their far-left policies are not resonating because voters know they will not work. On November 3rd, voters will overwhelmingly choose to continue this great American comeback and vote to re-elect President Trump.”

Sanders stood center stage and took the hits from both sides as he tried to convince America that his radical views are not all that radical:

He also defended his praise for murderous communist dictator Fidel Castro, saying dictators can “do something good,” before pivoting to attack America’s foreign policy.

At certain points, Sanders was even booed. He went so far as to claim after the debate that this was because ticket prices were too high for working-class people to attend — this being who he perceives as his base.

There was a moment when billionaire Michael Bloomberg slipped up and admitted on national television that he bought a number of congressional seats to help ensure that Speaker Nancy Pelosi kept her gavel.

“Mini Mike,” as President Trump refers to the former mayor of New York City, is not in his element on a debate stage.

Speaking of billionaires, if there was a common theme regarding Tom Steyer, it may have been why was he even on the stage to begin with.

On the flip side, former Vice President Joe Biden was seen as performing fairly well, minus the now expected gaffe or three — at one point Biden claimed that 150 million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt gun manufacturers from liability. More than all the wars, including Vietnam, from that point on.

As social media was quick to remind us, that’s nearly half the population of the entire country.

At the same time, he did take control at times, dictating to the weak moderators when he would stop talking, screaming “I’m not out of time!”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren did well in the eyes of critics, picking up where she left off in the last debate — going after Bloomberg.

“I don’t care how much money Mayor Bloomberg has,” she said at one point. “The core of the Democratic Party will never trust him.”

In fact, Warren and Bloomberg would go at it several times, including this interaction where she claims he allegedly told one of his employees to “kill it” when the woman was pregnant.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, also conducted herself well, given the cast around her, though she did not really stand out.

As seen in one photo, she came out of the debacle looking like the one rational person on stage. With all the focus on Sanders, she escaped rather unscathed.

A quick scan of the responses to Tuesday’s night’s debate captures just how bad it was for all concerned.

…except President Donald Trump:

https://twitter.com/sammyL_22/status/1232494626411446273?s=20

Tom Tillison

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