The last GOP debate of the year was full of phenomenal one-liners and remarks. It's clear that the overcrowded Republican field has turned from a grand old party to a war of words. Tempers flared between candidates and concerning important issues in a surprisingly volatile event featuring nine top Republican contenders. Foreign policy was once again on the minds of moderators Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and Hugh Hewitt. A majority of questions centered on how presidential hopefuls would combat ISIS if elected president. The most important GOP debate quote of the night happened to come from Republican front-runner Donald Trump, whose controversial statements once again continued.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul responded to a question asked by Bash as to if the Republican party had somehow fueled the rise of ISIS — something that he has touched upon in-depth on his own campaign website. Paul detailed the ways that the current administration had failed in who they armed and which politicians they supported. He then called Trump into question, not only asking if he was a viable candidate but heavily scrutinizing the Donald's proposal to somehow close the internet. It's Trump's foreign policy position that Paul took the most offense to, however. The senator said that, by Trump stating that he'd be willing to not only kill terrorists, but their families, too, he'd be violating the Geneva Convention. To Paul, such a proposal is not only un-American, it calls Trump's very support of the Constitution in question.
Trump responded with a representative one-liner that perfectly sums up the many ways that he is both a risky potential GOP nominee and why his candidacy has become a representation of the volatile attitude many voters have towards the many terrorism issues facing the country:
So, they [ISIS] can kill us, but we can't kill them?
That's what you're saying. And as far as the Internet is concerned, we're not talking about closing the Internet. I'm talking about parts of Syria, parts of Iraq, where ISIS is, spotting it. Now, you could close it. What I like even better than that is getting our smartest and getting our best to infiltrate their Internet, so that we know exactly where they're going, exactly where they're going to be. I like that better ... These are people that want to kill us, folks, and you're objecting to us infiltrating their conversations? I don't think so.
Trump's quote plays on emotions rather than facts, ignoring important worldwide treaties and even baffling fellow candidates. It has, however, continued to help his polling numbers. This hyper-reactive stance is something that has not only marked Trump's candidacy but the entire 2016 election thus far and that is definitely something to zero in on going forward into the new year.