During Tuesday night's debate, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump was asked to clarify just exactly what he meant when he said that the Chinese government "almost blew it" during the Tiananmen Square protests and when he had lavished praise on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Trump's defense: He wasn't endorsing authoritarian regimes, and "strong doesn't mean good."
Twitter had quite a bit of fun with this, admittedly bizarre, statement:
Strong doesn't mean good now? This is amazing. Tell us more, Donald.— Reihan Salam (@reihan) March 11, 2016
"Strong doesn't mean good"— andrea (@AmericasBelleXO) March 11, 2016
Says the guy who's argument is always that he's strong on trade.... #GOPDebate
Trump just said strong doesn't mean good, which in a sane year would effectively refute the rationale of his candidacy.— Just Karl (@justkarl) March 11, 2016
"Strong doesn't mean good," maybe the first time Trump has made that observation.— Jim Antle (@jimantle) March 11, 2016
I did not think we would hear Trump say, "Strong doesn't mean good."— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) March 11, 2016
"Strong doesn't mean good," says man whose entire candidacy is premised on being strong. #GOPDebate— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) March 11, 2016