Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory How Perez edged Ellison for DNC chair Clinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez MORE again stole much of the buzz on social media during the latest Republican debate on Thursday night.
Sanders had two of the most retweeted tweets during the debate, with a pair touting his position in polls and going after GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFrench president rips Trump’s Paris comments By any other name: Revised Trump border rules will still be a Muslim ban Trump's first dinner out in DC: His own hotel MORE's proposal to ban Muslims from the U.S. Both got more than 5,000 retweets:
Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPerez to hit the Sunday shows following election victory Five takeaways from CPAC Clinton: Dems will be 'strong, unified' with Perez MORE, whom Sanders is battling closely in Iowa and New Hampshire, also shared a tweet going after Trump's vow to "make America great again" that received nearly 3,000 retweets:
I have a message for Donald Trump: No, we’re not going to hate Latinos or Muslims. We are going to stand together. #GOPDebate— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 15, 2016
Trump, who has the largest number of followers at 5.69 million compared to Clinton's 5.12 million and Sanders's 1.14 million, did not tweet during the debate in South Carolina though he led much of the online conversation.
Here's the truth: You can't make America greater by insulting, shaming, and demonizing the people of America. #GOPdebate— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 15, 2016
Sanders trailed only Trump in follower growth during the debate, with Ted CruzTed CruzBrietbart CEO reveals that Trump donors are part owners At CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit MORE and Marco RubioMarco RubioAt CPAC, Trump lashes out at media Conquering Trump returns to conservative summit Rubio brushes off demonstrator asking about town halls MORE gaining the third- and fourth-most followers, respectively.
Rand PaulRand PaulConquering Trump returns to conservative summit Rand Paul rejects label of 'Trump's most loyal stooge' GOP healthcare plans push health savings account expansion MORE, who boycotted the undercard debate after being dropped from the prime-time stage, came in fifth in follower growth.
Sanders has a vocal online following and has more than once before received the most online buzz during GOP debates.