Pollster Frank Luntz described it as “one of the best” focus groups he’s ever done. Fox News viewers, though, might just call it good TV.
Tempers flared on Monday night’s “Hannity” as a panel of New Hampshire residents — 26 in all — convened to discuss the Republican presidential candidacy of businessman Donald Trump.
One woman described the candidate as “a live sitcom we’re watching here.” A man in the group said Trump “changes his views like he changes his underwear.” The Donald’s supporters spoke up in his defense, and soon, a verbal melee broke out. By the end, host Sean Hannity was left breathless.
“Wow,” Hannity said.
The host introduced the segment as a chance to hear what New Hampshire residents thought about the GOP field.
One woman in the group quickly compared Trump to former President Ronald Reagan, who, like Trump, was in show business before running for office.
“People of the United States are agreeing with what he’s saying,” the woman said. “The other Republicans better start making fun of him because they made fun of Ronald Reagan and I think Donald Trump could become the next President of the United States.”
One of the participants accused Trump’s supporters of not knowing what the candidate stood for.
“People have not done their homework,” the man said. “He changes his views like he changes his underwear.”
When the discussion turned to upholding the President to follow the Constitution, a woman interjected: “All he has to do is read!”
“Are we not concerned that this guy has a communication issue?” another woman commented.
When one participant defended Trump, another would quickly counter the argument. Luntz said for every Trump supporter in the room, there were two who didn’t support him.
Watch the exchange below: