Greg Gutfeld weighs in with his thoughts on the first GOP primary debate

 August 26, 2023

Fox News Channel's Greg Gutfeld penned a recent opinion piece for the network in which he provided a quick, hilarious analysis of his opinions on the 2024 GOP presidential candidates and how they performed during their first debate.

Gutfeld trained much of his attention on tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who most believe stole the show, whether they care for him or not. Ramaswamy was able to draw in the most debate and controversy during the event.

"Vivek certainly made his presence known. First of all, his teeth are amazing. He makes Donny Osmond look like Johnny Depp. But how weird was it that he was the focal point and not DeSantis?" Gutfeld wrote.

He added, "He became the catalyst for the most interesting discussions. He brought the fire, the ideas and that tremendous forehead."

Gutfeld went on to point out that Ramaswamy took incoming heavy fire from three of his opponents early on, including former Vice President Mike Pence, former U.N. Ambassador Niki Haley, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Pence hit Ramaswamy on his young age and perceived lack of experience, saying at one point that the presidency these days can't afford to have someone counting on "on the job training."

Haley also dinged Ramaswamy on his lack of foreign policy experience, at one point telling him, "You have no foreign policy experience, and it shows."

He also noted that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who was once firmly in second place in the polling, scored points but didn't have a much-needed breakout moment.

"Ron DeSantis had a good night, but not memorable. He scored on crime, Soros prosecutors, but do we need to see the clips? Not really, it's weird, you know, Florida is booming, and this guy defied the lockdowns, and he fired two Soros prosecutors," Gutfeld wrote.

Then it was on to Christie, who Gutfeld noted started off somewhat quiet, but then went into full anti-Trump mode.

"Christie started off subdued. He was so quiet, I could hear his stomach growling. But then he found his favorite little spot and went after Trump," Gutfeld wrote.

He concluded by noting that with Trump maintaining and growing his already-tremendous lead in state and national polling, the candidates on the debate stage in Milwaukee were playing for second-place all night.

"The truth is, nobody really laid a glove on Trump, he's got a bigger lead than Jimmy Failla in an ugly jacket contest. The other candidates are basically playing for second place, much like MSNBC or Jesse Waters. But as the country gets to know these other candidates, Trump may have to show up at some point," Gutfeld wrote.

Gutfeld's assessment probably isn't unlike the opinions of millions of Americans. Only time will tell if one of Trump's opponents is able to gain anywhere close to the steam needed to be a real contender next year.