So he spoke out.
“The Republicans seem to think they could beat our campaign,” Sanders wrote. “They haven’t seen the polls.”
The tweet, which apparently cited Quinnipiac University polling from last month, showed Sanders trouncing much of the Republican field — and was ruled the “top retweeted #GOPDebate tweet” by Twitter, which issues data about the platform after each debate. Sanders also took spot No. 2 with this kumbaya message for Trump:
Clinton took No. 3, expressing a similar sentiment:
And comedian Bill Maher came in fourth with this tweet that resurrected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “bridgegate” scandal:
Before he took the debate stage, Trump, trumpeting his own statistics, came in at No. 5.
And Clinton took spot No. 6, urging unity.
As he has in the past, Trump won more than his “share of the conversation” on Twitter, as the company put it. Here’s the breakdown:
Trump: 38 percent
Cruz: 22 percent
Bush: 11 percent
Rubio: 10 percent
Carson: 9 percent
Twitter also ranked “follower growth” among Republicans. Trump led the field, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) — who wasn’t even at the debate, and turned up his nose at the undercard — and Christie. Trump also led a list of Twitter “follower growth” among all candidates, followed by Sanders, Cruz, Rubio and Paul.
And Twitter also ranked the debate’s “top moments.” Here they are:
1. Christie to President Obama: “We will kick your rear end out of the White House.”
2. Trump discusses 9/11 and “New York values.”
3. Trump and Cruz go back-and-forth on the polls.