Donald Trump Doubles Down in Combative First Republican Debate

The billionaire gets the first and last words of the night, and more airtime than any of the other Republicans on stage.

Trump Trades Blows With GOP Foes at First Debate

Donald Trump lived up to his billing at center stage of a spirited first Republican presidential debate, taking aim at America’s “stupid leaders" and calling for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border with a “big, beautiful door.” The front-runner refused to pledge his support to the party's eventual nominee, suggested that he may run as an independent if he loses the primary, and dismissed criticisms from fellow contenders by saying—incorrectly—that most have taken his cash.

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