Allen West “Here’s what I think about Donald Trump skipping the debate”

NCPA President, CEO Allen West, weighed in on his thoughts and assessment of last night’s Fox News, GOP Debate. Some of you may get all up in arms about what he is saying, but hear him out.

Fox News GOP Debate Assessment by Allen West
Fox News GOP Debate assessment by Allen West

As Written By Allen B. West:

Well, another GOP debate, and I know some of you are wondering, what does Col. West think about [score]Donald Trump[/score] not being there? It wasn’t a good move, and before y’all go sideways on me, here’s my assessment. You can’t run around talking about how tough you are and then complain about “not being treated fairly.” Folks, you all know life just ain’t fair, and when you’re President of the United States, you are a cut above — and that means bad folks are going to challenge you.

Now, I don’t think Megyn Kelly’s opening statement about “an elephant not in the room” was professional. The snarky intro question about the person who wasn’t there was just as petty and petulant as his reaction of not appearing at the debate. Another low point in the debate was Cruz’s reaction of seemingly complaining about being targeted by the Fox moderators. Well, a warrior loves the fight, and Cruz should’ve relished being the lead dog.

It appeared the Fox moderators did want to evoke a little Trump bashing, but most of the candidates didn’t take the bait — kudos. Also, was it just me, or did Wallace, Kelly,and Baier purposefully promote a contentious atmosphere? It’s one thing to present tough questions, another to incite a spiteful environment. However, there was nonetheless a much more substantive aura about this debate — though I still believe the Fox Business News team of Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto, along with Sandra Smith and Trish Regan, did a much better overall job.

The candidates all seemed to realize they weren’t going to turn this debate into a Trump-bashing session. The heated discussions were policy-focused, not personal, which is what you saw between [score]Jeb Bush[/score] and [score]Marco Rubio[/score] on immigration, for example.

Another general observation from the night is it’s vital the candidates stop with the myopic focus on ISIS. There’s a global Islamic jihad and that’s what a Commander-in-Chief must confront with a clear, concise strategic orientation.

I found it interesting that when the question was asked about radical Islamists having free speech, no one pivoted to seditious speech that incites violence. And when asked about shutting down mosques, well, French President Hollande and Egyptian President al-Sisi have done such to quell the jihadist movement within their borders.

As well, these fellas have to learn to pivot away from the term “profiling,” which the liberal left and their Islamist allies have been great at exploiting. The better word is “trend analysis.” In that same vein, Dr. Carson really missed an opportunity to explain the nature of “Islamophobia,” a term advanced by groups like Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). That term is truly the means by which Islamists and their liberal progressive allies seek to constrain free speech; see UN Resolution 16/18.

Here are some specific observations from last night’s debate:

  • [score]Ted Cruz[/score] had a real hard time defending his immigration video clip; reminds me of the days of Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” — “roll tape four.” On another topic, Cruz is going to have to explain why he’s never voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), specifically.
  • Gotta give credit, [score]Marco Rubio[/score] nailed the electability question. And the quip about [score]Bernie Sanders[/score] being President of Sweden, well, Rubio certainly upset the Swedes, LOL, but it was a good line. Rubio did well in focusing on Obama and Clinton. However, the issue of immigration continues to be kryptonite for Rubio. And personally I don’t care for the “when I am president” line. I’d prefer, “if you so honor me to lead this great nation.” Never focus on yourself; give homage to the people.
  • [score]Jeb Bush[/score] was strong on taking care of our veterans and did speak specifically about combatting the Islamic State. But when Chris Wallace asked him about his brother and Iraq/Afghanistan, there was an opportunity to articulate how Obama lost Iraq and Afghanistan, where the Taliban hold the most territory ever since 2001.
  • Gov. [score]Chris Christie[/score] stood out last night for his ability to skillfully transition back to Hillary Clinton, regardless of the question being asked. I was extremely impressed at how he turned the question on Libya right back to Clinton, and recalled the Martha Radditz inquiry of Mrs. Clinton during a Democrat debate. Christie also had one of the best lines, “stop the Washington bull,” as he once again derided the parliamentarian debate society of the U.S. Senate (which I’ve previously commented on as well). If there’s one thing Christie does well, it’s drawing a clear distinction between an executive and a legislator — or as he defines them, a debater.
  • Dr. Ben Carson, he was there, but had no impact.

The folks who TRULY benefited the most from the absence of Donald Trump were …..

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  • freedomly

    I’d never knowingly walk into a ambush

    • KamonSence1951

      IT’S ONLY AN AMBUSH IF YOU AEN’T PREPARED FOR IT. That’s fine if you aren’t running for the highest position in the world where you must be prepared to deal with all kinds of people & situations hitting you in every direction, some in which there will be little time to react and make the best decision possible. You don’t have a temper tantrum and walk away, you fight to prove you are better than the person who is trying to trap you. You put them in their place. He didn’t show up and ask for my vote by making a stance. He didn’t earn my respect or my vote. Not that he needs it.

      • Ernie Orlando

        YOU ARE AN IDIOT !!

        • Winghunter

          Don’t throw insults like that around unless you’re face to face with the man. That’s just cowardly – like Trump is.

          • Moss500

            He certainly isn’t a coward. He gave Fox the finger and did it the right way.

          • Winghunter

            You’ll get tired of being wrong sooner than later.

            “When Roger Stone, one of the master practitioners of the Dark Side of the Political Force, resigns as Donald Trump’s strategist after 30 years of loyal service, you know something is up. Stone, who still calls Trump a friend, is circumspect about his reasons for leaving. Publicly, he tweeted: [email protected] didn’t fire me — I fired Trump. Disagree [sic] with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly away core issue messages.” But Stone told friends on Saturday that Trump is “losing his grip on reality” and that “he has these yes-men around him,” according to Politico. “And now he’s living in a parallel world.”
            http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422298/Trump-the-teenage-bully?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Saturday%20Best%20of%201/30&utm_term=VDHM%20Reader

          • Moss500

            The National Review lost credibility a long time ago, little boy. You claim the last debate had substance?? Carson got the least amount of speaking time of any of the seven candidates on stage – six minutes and 11 seconds. Why?

            “It would be nice if the moderators tried to be a little more equitable,” Carson said. “I understand they want to stoke controversy and they know that I probably won’t get into a big fight with someone, so they’d rather go some place they can stir up a fight.”

            You must have watched a different debate.

          • Winghunter

            It’s low enough to shoot the messenger, it’s insane to try and shoot the publisher, little AH.
            Where did I say anything about substance or anything else, pscyho!? I copied and pasted information from a link of Trumps long time strategist.- The one that fired Trump. You can’t handle the truth so you lost what little mind you have.

            Maybe Politico is more your Liberal cup of tea. Read the same thing there.

          • Moss500

            Your hypocrisy and childish temper ruined your credibility. Go play with the other kids, little boy.

  • sherry8260

    Col. West…there is a vast difference between a “debate” and an outright character assault, which is what Trump avoided. Now let me put it in military terms, which I’m sure you’ll understand best…if you knew that if you approached a Quonset hut that an ambush lay await inside, would you still walk inside? You know you have to go inside to rescue some of your men, but would you rush inside regardless or would you attempt to strategize another way to best save your men without leaving them without a leader? Well, Mr. Trump strategized. He avoided his character being ambushed…and we *all* knew that’s what was coming. Even you. He wasn’t even there and they couldn’t contain themselves. You can’t imagine what it would have been like if he had been?

  • James Voss

    We need a guy who will draw a line in the sand and stick to it.

    • Winghunter

      Well, that sure as hell isn’t Trump.
      From Immigration To Guns To Abortion. Trump Must Reckon With His RECENT Progressive History
      ”…Despite his current hard-line immigration approach, Trump’s immigration views have vacillated constantly for nearly two decades. At times over the last 16 years, he has strongly endorsed legal status for illegal immigrants. At other times, he has condemned illegal immigration.
      As a real estate developer, Trump’s business practices demonstrate a questionable commitment to immigration limits.
      His real estate empire has benefited handsomely from the work of both low-skill legal foreign laborers as well as low-paid illegal immigrants…”
      http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/26/from-immigration-to-abortion-longtime-democrat-donald-trump-must-reckon-with-his-rich-progressive-history/

      Pick an issue and Trump has been on both sides of it. The only thing we can trust about him is that he will change his mind and abuse us with it.

      • James Voss

        Let’s try and focus on the “now” and the “future”. Let’s try not to go back multiple decades to find fault with a man. Let the voters speak.

      • Moss500

        President Trump thanks all you Cruzers for sending him more votes. Too bad you didn’t learn when the GOP attacked him and sent him right to first place. Keep up the good work, genius.
        TRUMP 2016

        • Winghunter

          “Attack”?? You’re as much of a puss as he is.

          • Moss500

            Let’s see … who was it posted this comment? “Don’t throw insults like that around unless you’re face to face with the man. That’s just cowardly…”

            Oh, I know … that was YOU! Thanks for showing your hypocrisy and admitting what a gutless coward you really are. Like I said … sounding more and more like a liberal.

          • Winghunter

            Oh? Did ‘puss’ hurt your little feelings, boy? Too bad.
            AND if you’re inviting me, I’ll make time for you.

          • Moss500

            LOL And, you call Trump “adolescent”. Go back to your playground, little boy, and let the adults talk. You just got owned with your own words and you can’t take it. Hilarious!!!

          • Winghunter

            When you borrow a spine let me know.

          • Moss500

            When you grow up, let me know. Try to get a brain in the process. You’re too easy when you stick your foot right in your mouth.

          • Winghunter

            You began the insults by calling me a paid shill. If you can’t take it, Cupcake, don’t dish it out.

          • Moss500

            Asking you how much the GOP was paying you is an insult? LOL Admit it, princess … you stuck your foot in your mouth, showed the world what a hypocrite you are, then showed the world what a juvenile you are by inviting me to a school yard fight, and now you’re throwing a tantrum. How old are you? 12? Everyone is laughing at you!

          • Winghunter

            Pretending it’s not an insult proves you’re an AH.
            There’s nothing wrong with you that an attitude adjustment wouldn’t fix, MF.

          • Moss500

            Awww, did I “offend” you?? Poor little boy. Good thing you don’t sound like a liberal.

  • Mel MC Miller

    TY, Ted LaLone on FB. The best Pt made b/c it applies to every thing each ever promised knowing Ea. would never follow thru on. AWK, the List is long. Most of what each achieved(s) is Return Favor PyBack to DONOR$l for $ to afford 2Run or be in Office in the 1st place.

  • Optimizer

    Col., you should do your homework, assuming you’re not just pandering to try to
    get some face time on Fox. Trump didn’t bail until Fox started mocking him in a
    pretty juvenile way, after having also insulted him, and after having done their best to try to take him down at their last debate. Trump isn’t going to let them make millions off of his doing an appearance for them, not while they insult and mock him, and he SHOULDN’T, just as any POTUS should not allow the US to be similarly disprespected.

    If you think the moderating was even close to fair, just look at how they had Megyn Kelly do the first question this time, and what she did was ask Cruz to spew the Fox party line – that Trump’s boycott was disrespectful to Iowa voters. They’re a joke!

    FNC went on to declare that their viewership went UP – when it was really half the viewers vs the last time he was in a FNC debate (they compared to the FBN debate, which is not a fair comparison). That was after they had falsely accused the Trump camp of making a threat and of “terrorizing.”

    This has been quite the eye-opening experience for FNC viewers. They might have noticed that Coulter hasn’t been on Fox for a very long time – her new theme is practically Trump’s campaign platform.

  • karl

    I still support Trump..His was a smart move. Why walk into a trap ..if you know of it?
    Now, Would I like it better if he too had been a marine ( like Webb) Sure. But we have to deal with whom we have and so far I say Trump..Cruz..Carson.
    Now If Webb does run I may vote for him. ..We marines stick together and I can live with his policies.

  • Dee Revell

    Well i applaud him not only did he hold true to his beliefs but look at all the money he raised for the wounded warrior project how many of the others would have given that money to anyone but themselves

  • David

    Moderators are supposed to be Impartial and Not “play favorites” … Trump knows Megan is not Impartial … so he asked Fox to replace Megan with another Moderator … Fox refused … Trump told Fox that if they did not replace Megan, he would not attend the Debate … Trump kept his word … something most Politicians don’t do … to a Business Man like Trump, your Word is your Bond.

    • Winghunter

      Trump’s word is his bond?? Are you shittin’ me!??

      Ted Cruz: “Not a lot of Conservatives come out of Manhattan.”
      Trump responds: “William F. Buckley came from New York.”
      Problem is, William F. Buckley never spent a day of his conscious life in New York until he was 30! His family moved him to Mexico before he was even old enough to speak so, Spanish was his first language. His family moved to Paris before age 7 where he started school so, his second language was French. When he finally moved back to the US he lived in Connecticut! Trump lied.

      Trump also drops William F. Buckley’s name every chance he gets saying they were friends in order to claim that’s he’s a Conservative (now that Buckley is conveniently dead and can’t respond to the lie). Buckley’s opinion of Trump, however, wasn’t nearly as kind: “In early 2000, remember Trump was thinking of running as a Reform Party candidate,” Kristol told “The Steve Malzberg Show”. “Buckley dismissed Trump as narcissistic and a demagogue, the kind of person who would not qualify to be president.”
      http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/bill-kristol-donald-trump-national-review-issue/2016/01/22/id/710523/#ixzz3y7Pu60NU

      11/13/15: Trump Lies At Debate, now says he never met Putin after all
      At the fourth Republican debate Trump said: “I got to know him very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night,”.
      http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-reverses-says-he-never-met-putin-after-all/article/2576314

      Trump is lying to us every single day by telling us what we want to hear. Once he is nominated, there’s absolutely nothing we can do to reverse our mistake and he knows it.

  • Beckah

    ” It’s one thing to present tough questions, another to incite a spiteful environment.” This is the same stance these three took in the first debate they “hosted”. There are countless people who would have done a much better job on these debates than these three (more specifically Kelly; her “left” has been showing quite loudly these days!). The first debate they hosted was so bad, I didn’t bother to “tune in” for round two!

    Also, doesn’t anyone else find it rather “odd” that the co-sponsors of the GOP debates are SERIOUSLY LEFTIST Facebook and Google? Maybe I’m just the “oddball” for being sick and tired of sheeple on this planet only known by how big their Twitter following is, or their latest photos/comments on FB?

    I’m not big on leaders throwing “temper-tantrums”, but the “gotcha game” that FOX has played masquerading as a debate has been at the very least, disgraceful. They could also have done a MUCH better job at keeping the debate fields smaller (two debates with similar questions, changing the groups around) so people can actually get the information they are looking for. The “media” has seriously forgotten the ENTIRE POINT of having debates. It’s not for “celebrity hosts” to look good/tough, it’s not for FB, Google or FOX to pad their bottom line with ad sales. The POINT is for voters to get information to make decisions.

    I think Trump could have handled this in a way that left him a clear “leader” and put himself above the BS, but FOX and Kelly had their slant, and that was ALL that was ever going to happen.

    FOX is turning out to be an even bigger joke on conservatives than the GOP!

    • Winghunter

      True! Here’s proof:
      Fox News Debate Was Hit Piece Against Ted Cruz: Megyn Kelly Concedes Cruz DID NOT Support Amnesty After Debate
      Megyn Kelly: “I looked back at your record a lot to see, did Ted Cruz really want legalization or didn’t he? I think the record supports you that you did not want it. It does.”
      http://conservativepapers.com/news/2016/01/29/fox-news-debate-was-hit-piece-against-ted-cruz-megyn-kelly-concedes-cruz-did-not-support-amnesty-after-debate/

      • Moss500

        And, here you are commenting anti-Trump BS on every post. How much is the GOP paying you?? TRUMP 2016

        • Winghunter

          My posts aren’t for you. They are for people to learn who can reason and capable of applying logic.

          For you, cheerleading is in the basement.

          • Moss500

            You Cruzers sound more and more like liberals every day. Condescending, arrogant liars. It’s hilarious how you think you’re going to change our minds with your nasty comments. Keep sending President Trump those votes, genius. TRUMP 2016

          • Winghunter

            I told you. My posts are not for AH’s. They’re for people who can think.
            Take a hike!

          • Moss500

            I’m thinking just fine. You’re the condescending, arrogant AH who can’t see the truth. You couldn’t find the North Wing if you were facing South and had a compass.

          • Winghunter

            Lets pick this back up in person. Until then, FO.

          • Moss500

            Yeah, keep talking. The more you talk, the more you show your true side. You’re a joke.

  • Winghunter

    “Cruz is going to have to explain why he’s never voted to support the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), specifically.”
    This took 5 seconds to search up, Col.
    Oct. 2015: Sen. Cruz: Final 2016 NDAA Reaffirms Our Commitment to Our Men and Women in Uniform
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding today’s final vote on the conference report of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
    “The Fiscal Year 2016 NDAA provides the minimum necessary funding authorities for the Department of Defense,” said Sen. Cruz. “While I would like to see additional funding dedicated to our military, this bill points us in the right direction and begins to address the damaging deficiencies that were created by the irresponsible priorities of this Administration.
    https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1019754/sen-cruz-final-2016-ndaa-reaffirms-our-commitment-to-our-men-and-women-in-uniform#.Vq4OeI-cHcs

  • Winghunter

    “Ted Cruz had a real hard time defending his immigration video clip”
    You should’ve watched Cruz’s interview with Megyn right after the debate:

    Fox News Debate Was Hit Piece Against Ted Cruz: Megyn Kelly Concedes Cruz DID NOT Support Amnesty After Debate
    Megyn Kelly: “I looked back at your record a lot to see, did Ted Cruz really want legalization or didn’t he? I think the record supports you that you did not want it. It does.”
    http://conservativepapers.com/news/2016/01/29/fox-news-debate-was-hit-piece-against-ted-cruz-megyn-kelly-concedes-cruz-did-not-support-amnesty-after-debate/

    FOX should’ve never played those clips as they already knew the truth.

  • Moss500

    I don’t blame Trump one bit. From the very start of his campaign, he’s been attacked by the GOP, then the Left, and now Cruz supporters. He wasn’t afraid of the debate. He was giving the Fox news the finger and did a good job of it. TRUMP 2016

  • NoMoreRINOs

    Col. West, I am amazed out your weak “support” of Trump. As a military commander, you would not purposely walk into a second ambush when you saw it coming. I was concerned, myself, that he wasn’t going to show up, not because of his motives, but because I knew what the liberal press (which now includes FOX (Murdoch is running all of this is does not want to see Trump win) would do. And Megan interviewed (and laughed loudly) just the day before, with the most anti-American person of whom I am aware – Michael Moore? Even an idiot would have seen what was coming from her.

    People have allowed the press to set the agenda and twist the news to their own liberal end for years, and most people just too weak to fight it. Since when has the MSM properly interpreted the interests of the people. All they want is their own power, for their own reasons. Unfortunately, Murdoch has destroyed FOX’s reputation of FAIR AND BALANCED.

    Last, but not least, go listen and read, and be informed at the two sites below. (1) There are five Supreme Court cases, the first in 1814, and the last in 1939, which individually, and collectively, agree on the meaning of “natural born”. Two are dictum on the issue, the other three are not. The last in 1939, Perkins V. Elg, even goes to great lengths to define the five classes of citizenship created by the Constitution so there would be no confusion in the future. (2) The term comes from the world’s leading political philosopher in the 18th century, Emerich de Vattel and his “Law of Nations”, which Benjamin Franklin provided to the Founders during the Constitutional Convention’, and whose name is even mentioned in the Constitution (The Law of Nations) but few notice it or know what it refers to), and that (3) the term is used in only one place in the Constitution, Article ll, Section l, Clause V, and can not be changed except by an Amendment to the Constitution (although, if you check the Congressional Record, you will find that several Senators and Congressmen attempted to pass laws to change its meaning before Obama arrived on the scene – You don’t think they new he was coming and that they could not change the Constitution without an Amendment?

    Go watch for 30 minutes and be informed – being “native” of the country is not the same as “natural born” – which is one way the left likes to confuse the issue:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1DHZmeMXyE

    Or, read, the most succinct and comprehensive site on the origin, history and Supreme Court decisions on the term “natural born”, the violation of which gave us Obama:
    http://www.theobamafile.com/obamanaturalborn.htm

  • NoMoreRINOs

    Col. West, I am amazed of your weak “support” of Trump. As a military commander, you would not purposely walk into a second ambush when you saw it coming, would you? I was concerned, myself, that he wasn’t going to show up, not because of his motives, but because I knew what the liberal press (which now includes FOX – Murdoch is running all of this is does not want to see Trump win) would do. And Megan interviewed (and laughed loudly) just the day before, with the most anti-Amreican person of whom I am aware – Michael Moore? Even an idiot would have seen what was coming from her.

    People have allowed the press to set the agenda and twist the news to their own liberl end for years, and most people just too weak to fight it. Since when has the MSM properly interpreted the interests of the people. All they want is their own power, for their own reasons. Unfortunatley, Murdoch has destroyed FOX’s reputation of FAIR AND BALANCED.

    Last, but not least, go listen and read, and be informed at the two sites below. (1) There are five Supreme Court cases, the first in 1814, and the last in 1939, which individually, and collectively, agree on the meaning of “narual born”. Two are dictum on the issue, the other thrree are not. The last in 1939, Perkins V. Elg, even goes to great lenghts to define the five classes of citizenship created by the Constitution so there would be no confusion in the future. (2) The term comes from the world’s leading political philosopher in the 18th century, Emerich de Vattel and his “Law of Nations”, which Benjamin Franklin provided to the Founders during the Constitutional Convention’, and whose name is even mentioned in the Constitution (The Law of Nations) but few notice it or know what it refers to), and that (3) the term is used in only one place in the Constituton, Article ll, Section l, Clause V, and can not be changed except by an Amendment to the Constitution (although, if you check the Congressional Record, you will find that several Senators and Congressmen attempted to pass laws to change its meaning before Obama arrived on the scene – You don’t think they new he was coming and that they could not change the Constitution without an Amendment?

    Go watch for 30 minutes and be informed – being “nattive” of the country is not the same as “natural born” – which is one way the left likes to confuse the issue:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1DHZmeMXyE

    Or, read, the most succinct and comprehensive site on the origin, history and Surpeme Court decisions on the term “natural born”, the violation of which gave us Obama:
    http://www.theobamafile.com/obamanaturalborn.htm