If tonight’s debate has proved one thing (other than John Kasich is, in fact, still in the race), it’s that Republicans have their priorities completely upside down.
Easier access to guns and less access to affordable healthcare seemed to be the prescription for a better America across the board. Hillary Clinton was a popular target, with Marco Rubio going so far as to call her “disqualified” from being president. Ben Carson said that Clinton’s past was fair game — even though he complained about people looking into his alleged full-ride scholarship to West Point.
Earlier, in the undercard debate, Carly Fiorina took a cheap shot at Clinton by saying that unlike Clinton, she “actually love(s)” spending time with her husband. All the while, of course, candidates denounced the alleged divisiveness of Clinton and President Obama.
And, of course, the Republican presidential hopefuls all painted themselves as champions of the working man despite supporting easing restrictions on big corporations.
It’s clear that Republicans’ priorities lie with attacking Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama while pretending to identify with working-class Americans. Their priorities are not with getting more Americans access to healthcare, tackling the issue of mental health or making life better for America’s blue-collar workers.
They can call the Democratic candidates divisive all they want. But it’s unlikely you’ll see Clinton turn to Bernie Sanders and call him weak on stage in the next Democratic debate. You’ll have to tune into the GOP debate for that.