Graham: Trump questions were an 'inquisition,' not a debate
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“This was more of an inquisition than it was a debate,” Graham said on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Friday morning. “It was a missed opportunity to talk about things that really mattered.”

Graham charged that debate moderators Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly were particularly unfair in their questioning of Trump, the outspoken billionaire who is leading many GOP polls.

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“At the end of the day, ask the man a question that explains his position and his solutions rather than a ten-minute question that describes him as the biggest bastard on the planet,” Graham quipped.

The South Carolina lawmaker said Thursday night’s contest resulted in a lost chance at addressing crucial issues such as immigration reform.

“Did you really understand our position on immigration after this debate?” Graham asked.

Graham, though, also criticized Trump's stance on illegal immigration.

“Mexico is not making these people come here,” he said of illegal immigrants. “They’re coming here because they want to. They live in hellholes and they want a better life.

“The whole construct that they are sending their worst I reject,” Graham added, rebuking Trump’s frequent claims that many illegal immigrants are unwanted in their home countries and bringing crime to the U.S.

Graham said Trump’s rhetoric on issues such as immigration will make him incapable of winning the general election in 2016.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBroadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' closing early due to low ticket sales Facing challenge from Warren, Sanders touts strength against Trump MORE would beat Trump like a drum,” Graham said of the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. “I don’t think so, I know so.”

Graham failed to make the main stage with the top 10 Republican contenders, participating instead in an earlier debate with the other GOP nominees who fell outside the top 10.