Christie, DeSantis Goes After Trump For Missing GOP Debate 

Fireworks erupted on the GOP debate stage on Wednesday night, with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis going after former President Donald Trump for missing the debate. 

The second GOP presidential debate, held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, had a noticeable absentee in the former president. Trump skipped the first debate, citing his poll lead as a reason not to attend.

Christie —who has been a fierce critic of the former president— addressed Trump from the debate stage, saying that he would no longer be called Donald Trump but “Donald Duck.

“I want to look at [the] right now tell you, Donald, I know you’re watching,” Christie said. “You can’t help yourself. I know you’re watching, okay? And you’re not here tonight — not because of polls and not because of your indictments — you’re not here tonight because you’re afraid of being on the stage and defending your record. You’re ducking these things. And let me tell you what’s going to happen. You keep doing that, no one up here is gonna call you Donald Trump anymore. We’re gonna call you Donald Duck.”

DeSantis echoed Christie’s sentiments, adding that Trump was “missing in action” like President Joe Biden. 

“You know who else is missing in action? Donald Trump is missing in action, he should be on this stage tonight,” DeSantis said. “He owes it to you to defend his record, where they added $7.8 trillion to the debt, that set the stage for the inflation that we have. Now, I can tell you this, as governor of Florida, we cut taxes, we ran surpluses, we’ve paid down over 25% of our state debt. And I vetoed wasteful spending when it came to my desk — and as your president when they send me a bloating spending bill that’s going to cause your prices to go up. I’m going to take out this veto pen and I’m going to send it right back to them.”

Despite his absence from the Wednesday debate, Daily Mail readers picked Trump as the winner of the debate. Trump, in a snap poll conducted by the news outlet, had 27% of respondents declaring him the winner. Vivek Ramaswamy trailed Trump by just one point, coming in second with 26% of the vote. 

DeSantis was, however, declared the most ‘presidential’ and the most ‘competent’ of the candidates who took the stage.