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Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton 'did what she had to do' at Democratic debate

  • GOP frontrunner Donald Trump said his Democratic counterpart did 'fine' at last night's debate - though the debate itself was a snoozefest 
  • Trump spent his evening tweeting and retweeting things his fans had to say about the first Democratic primary debate
  •  The billionaire thought Bernie Sanders let Clinton off too easy for her email scandal, all 'for the sake of a good soundbite' 

By Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Published: 08:28 EST, 14 October 2015 | Updated: 08:48 EST, 14 October 2015

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Donald Trump had two points to make this morning about Hillary Clinton's debate performance last night: she did just fine, but it was easy street. 

'Well, I think she did what she had to do, frankly,' Trump said on NBC's Morning Joe, though labeled the affair 'very calm, very nice, very easy.' 

On ABC he said, 'she got through it fine,' but added, 'it was a very kind debate, very gentle. She came out the winner.' 

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GOP frontrunner Donald Trump had two points to make about last night's Democratic debate - Hillary Clinton did fine, but the debate itself was 'very calm' and 'very easy' 

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump had two points to make about last night's Democratic debate - Hillary Clinton did fine, but the debate itself was 'very calm' and 'very easy' 

Donald Trump did the morning show rounds and said last night's Democratic debate wasn't very exciting and was a cake walk for Hillary Clinton 

Donald Trump did the morning show rounds and said last night's Democratic debate wasn't very exciting and was a cake walk for Hillary Clinton 

Trump spent his evening firing off tweets and retweeting those from supporters.

'Sorry, there is no STAR on stage tonight' the showbusinessman wrote at one point. 

At another moment he remarked: 'Can anyone imagine Chafee as president? No way.' 

Lincoln Chafee, formerly a senator and then governor of Rhode Island, who switched his party affiliation, probably had the gaffe of the night. 

Chafee told debate moderator Anderson Cooper that he mistakenly voted for the repeal of Glass-Steagall because it was his first senate vote – and his dad had just died. 

'What does it say about you that you're casting a vote for something you're not sure about?' Cooper asked. 

The Glass-Steagall repeal has been blamed by some for starting the big banking trend that led to the 2008 economic crash.  

'I think you're being a little rough,' Chafee said. 'I had just arrived at the United States Senate. I had been mayor of my city, my dad had died, I'd been appointed by the governor, it was my first vote.'

On Twitter, Trump classified some of the Democrats' performances as amateur hour. 

Besides Chafee, the lesser known Democrats on the debate stage were former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb. 

Donald Trump spent his evening tweeting commentary about the first Democratic debate and said today that some of the lesser known candidates shouldn't have been on stage 

Donald Trump spent his evening tweeting commentary about the first Democratic debate and said today that some of the lesser known candidates shouldn't have been on stage 

'I was surprised that the other potential candidates, a couple of those shouldn't have been up there, frankly,' Trump said on Morning Joe. 'And it wouldn't been maybe better.' 

The billionaire said he'd also like to see Vice President Joe Biden in the mix.  

'It wasn't a very exciting debate,' Trump said. 'I wanted to turn, but I promised people I was going to tweet. I wanted to go off so badly, but I thought it would be –  it wouldn't sound nice if I refused to watch a potential opponent's debate. It wouldn't sound right.' 

Trump also said what was the highlight of the Democratic debate for many, was a political mistake for Clinton rival Bernie Sanders. 

Sanders got the largest applause line of the evening when he came to Clinton's aid on the ongoing email scandal, which has caused her poll numbers to topple.

'I think the secretary of state is right,' Sanders said. 'The American people are sick and tired about hearing about your damn emails.'  

Trump said Sanders let Clinton off too easy, noting that the FBI is investigating whether classified information was improperly stored because Clinton chose to use a personal email account attached to a home-brew server while working at the State Department. 

'I think Bernie, for the sake of the good soundbite, let her off the hook,' Trump said. 

'And I think when you're losing – because he is losing badly if you look nationally – when you're losing that badly, you have to go a lot stronger,' Trump added. 

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