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Why Debate Audience Booed Trump… Look Who GOP Had Planted in Audience

The rift between establishment Republicans and presidential candidate Donald Trump has never been much of a secret, and Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire demonstrated just how big that rift has become.

During an exchange with rival Gov. Jeb Bush over the issue of eminent domain, the debate audience became riled up.

Trump defended the concept of eminent domain, stating that at times, it is a necessity for such things as the building of the Keystone Pipeline. Bush referred to Trump’s attempt in the 1990s to take an elderly woman’s property from her using eminent domain to expand his casino empire in Atlantic City.

Trump told Bush he never took the property, and throughout this exchange the audience repeatedly booed Trump.

Now, according to Business Insider, we know why.

It seems members of the audience were card-carrying members of the Republican establishment whose tickets were bought and paid for by Republican National Committee donors.

Trump claimed as much during the debate. When he was booed for telling Bush to be quiet, he said:

“That’s all of his donors and special interests out there. That’s what it is. And by the way, let me just tell you: We needed tickets. You can’t get them. You know who has the tickets? Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That’s who it is.”

The booing continued, and Trump said that because he was self-funding his campaign, establishment Republicans and Republican donors weren’t his fans.

“The reason they’re not loving me is I don’t want their money. I’m going to do the right thing for the American public,” Trump said.

Apparently, Trump was speaking the truth. His associate, Roger Stone, posted to Twitter that the GOP gave the Trump crowd was only given 20 tickets.

If this is true, it is wrong on so many levels.

But then again, it’s politics.


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