Thursday night's Republican debate, the eleventh for the GOP, was a knock-down, drag-out spectacle featuring pugnacious and frequently vulgar candidates.
On stage in Detroit, real estate mogul Donald Trump faced off against his three remaining Republican challengers in the presidential race: Senator Marco Rubio of Florida; Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas; and John Kasich, the governor of Ohio. The candidates tore at each other over policy and strategy for leading the nation, throwing out accusations of cheating and lying, and even insulting each other's individual physiology.
As usual, high-profile business owners were very vocal about what they saw, via social media. Shark Tank host Mark Cuban didn't offer a new opinion, but still expressed where his allegiance lies. Here's a round-up of tweets and other posts.
.@curtismcauliff SpaceX has not donated to any presidential campaign-; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2016
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian retweeted a humorous post about CNN's headline struggle over one of Trump's off-color comments:
CNN had an internal editorial debate over whether they can put "penis" in a headline-;eventually deciding "yes" pic.twitter.com/vN43IahnZY-; Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 4, 2016
Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington had this sly retort to Trump's stance in support of waterboarding and other forms of torture:
Threats don't make you a tough guy. Long fingers do #GOPDebate-; Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) March 4, 2016
AOL co-founder and former CEO Steve Case bemoaned the frequent deception of politicians:
When somebody says it's not about the money, it's about the money. When somebody says believe me, you should be skeptical. #GOPdebate-; Steve Case (@SteveCase) March 4, 2016
Entrepreneur and media magnate Steve Forbes expressed his support for Ted Cruz, the flat tax, and the ultra-conservative bromide of fixing the economy by returning to the gold standard:
#GOPDebate: Cruz should run even harder w/ Flat Tax--go back to hitting fed & plugging for gold.-; Steve Forbes (@SteveForbesCEO) March 4, 2016
Cuban showed his support for Trump, with whom he has said he'd be open to running as vice president, through a retweet of a comment he made last year:
Finally, Sandy Lerner, the co-founder of Cisco Systems, had this observation about the debates and the presidential election cycle so far, sent by email:
"When was the last time we voted for ANY politician we could trust?...Does anyone REALLY trust Donald Trump?"