Despite his absence, Donald Trump was a presence Ted Cruz ‘s opening statement during tonight’s GOP Presidential Debate hosted by Fox News and Google. In his opening statement Cruz said the following:
There is something I want to say. I’m a maniac and everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly. And Ben you’re a terrible surgeon.
Now that we’ve gotten the Donald Trump portion out of the way, I want to thank everyone here for showing the men and women of Iowa the respect to show up and make the case to the people of this state and the people of the country why each of us believes we would make the best commander in chief.
Trump refused to participate in the final debate ahead of the Iowa Caucuses citing an ongoing feud with Fox News debate moderator and television host Megyn Kelly.
Trump instead hosted a benefit for veterans, although several veterans groups have boycotted the fundraiser and implied that it is being used as political theater.