The Winner Of Thursday’s GOP Debate Was…Bernie Sanders?

Most of the reaction to Thursday night’s GOP debate has been focused around Donald Trump, and specifically with his new feud with Megyn Kelly, who dared ask him about past remarks about women.

His reaction went far beyond the debate to even commenting on CNN:

You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever,” he told anchor Don Lemon during an appearance on CNN.


The real news coming out of the debate, though, had nothing to do with Donald Trump, well maybe a little to do with him. It was a tweet from Bernie Sanders which has now been retweeted over 30,000 times. It read:

It’s over. Not one word about economic inequality, climate change, Citizens United or student debt.

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By comparison, Donald Trump’s tweets, even about Fox’s Megan Kelly, only have about 4,000 retweets or fewer.

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To be fair, not everyone approves of Sanders’ tweet.

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Still, Sanders won the debate, at least if Twitter is the judge. Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 10.56.20 PM

The second most retweeted didn’t even come from a Republican. It came from Hillary Clinton with just over 5,000 retweets and it made fun of the debate:

Watch the #GOPdebate? Bet you feel like donating to a Democrat right about now.

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Even Sanders’ second most popular tweet of the night beat the rest out with 6,100 shares.

The very rich get richer, everyone else poorer. And Republicans who take campaign money from billionaires have nothing significant to say.

Is Twitter scientific? Of course not. Can it predict the eventual winner? Again, of course not, but what it does tell us is that, at least among the social media savvy, Bernie Sanders is getting far more attention than anyone, despite the fact that the mainstream media spends almost no time covering him. And despite the mainstream media buzz that the GOP candidates garner, they aren’t very popular on social media.

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