A debate about how the Iran nuclear deal affects Israel derailed into name-calling during Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, with Donald Trump steamrolling over policy issues to attack his two top rivals.
After Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused Trump of failing to use his public platform to take concrete steps to protect Israeli security, the real estate mogul insisted none of the other candidates on stage had “done more for Israel” than he did.
“You politicians, you are all talk and no action,” Trump said. “I’ve been watching it all my life. I mean, what I’ve seen up here. I mean, this guy is a choke artist and that guy’s a liar,” he said, pointing first at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and then at Cruz.
Rubio cut in with a smile, saying, “This is the typical thing he does.”
As all three candidates began to talk over each other, Trump said, “I rest my case.”
Ben Carson broke in from the end of the stage in an awkward effort to get a word in, asking “Can someone attack me, please?”