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If you turned off the news over the weekend and didn’t pay attention to what happened in the aftermath of the first Republican debate last Thursday night in Cleveland, you missed another episode of the Donald Trump Political Reality Show.

It was almost – All Trump, All The Time – in the GOP race for President.

There was no policy substance from Trump, no debate over why his ideas are better or how best to deal with certain problems facing America. Instead, the last few days were again focused on his personality, Trump’s latest personal attacks via Twitter, and how other candidates felt about his latest bombastic outburst.

There was Trump talking about blood coming out of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.

There was Trump getting dumped from the big conservative RedState gathering in Atlanta.

There was Trump calling RedState organizer and conservative activist Erick Erickson, a “total loser,” a “major sleaze” and a “buffoon.”

There was Trump repeatedly calling reporters on Saturday to talk about whether he fired a top aide first or if that aide quit before being fired.

And, there was the ever-aggressive Donald Trump on Twitter.

Oh yeah, and there were some other candidates out campaigning as well for the Republican nomination for President.

But once again, they were overshadowed by almost Trump’s every move.

Some decided they had enough; Rand Paul in South Carolina blasted Trump during one campaign stop, ridiculing conservatives who are thinking about supporting the real estate mogul.

“It amazes me that anyone in the Tea Party movement could possibly consider Clinton/Reid/Pelosi supporter Donald Trump for President,” Paul argued in an opinion piece titled, “Don’t fall for a fake conservative.”

Also pushing back was Jeb Bush.

“Mr. Trump ought to apologize,” Bush said of Trump’s battle with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly

Another GOP candidate taking on Trump was Carly Fiorina, who had elevated herself above the pre-debate debate field in Cleveland.

By Sunday afternoon, Trump zeroed in on Fiorina:

Trump has been very good at attacking and trolling his Republican foes; those who are waiting to see his policy specifics aren’t really getting much on that front as yet.

A subtle change from the voting public?

As someone who interacts with listeners and readers via social media on the internet, I’ve been watching reactions closely in recent weeks when I post items about Trump.

For the most part, there have been a lot of very supportive people; but as the weekend dragged on, those voices seemed to rapidly decline, as Trump’s latest attack on Fiorina did not play well.

These were six straight items in my timeline on Sunday evening:

Of course, this is an unscientific review; but over on my Facebook page, the reaction was much the same about Trump’s slam on Fiorina.

Again – a few posts on social media don’t prove anything. But this is the first time I have really seen things swing against Trump in the last month or so.

Something to think about, as we look back on a wild weekend that was almost All About Trump.


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