Trump controls debate on Twitter
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE controlled the Twitter conversation during Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate.


The real estate mogul is responsible for 40 percent of the conversation during the CBS debate from Greenville, S.C., according to data obtained from Twitter.

Jeb Bush accounted for 20 percent of the conversation, followed by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick To 'lower the temperature' raise commitments to federalism Leahy, not Roberts, to preside over impeachment trial MORE (R-Texas), at 14 percent, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSchumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency House formally sends impeachment to Senate, putting Trump on trial for Capitol riot Rubio reintroduces amendment to block court packing MORE (R-Fla.), at 13 percent, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, at 8 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) at 5 percent.

Trump also gained the most Twitter followers of all presidential candidates, followed by Rubio, Kasich, Democratic contender Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSenate to vote Tuesday on Biden's secretary of State pick Portman planned exit sets off Ohio free-for-all Biden must wait weekend for State Department pick MORE (who wasn't part of the debate) and Cruz.

The top three moments on Twitter all centered around the social media-savvy Trump.

The most tweeted moment was Trump calling Bush "so weak on illegal immigration that it's laughable.” 

The next most-tweeted moment happened during the back and forth between Trump and Cruz over their conservative credentials.  “You are the single biggest liar,” Trump yelled at the Texas senator.

The third biggest moment was Trump’s criticism of the George W. Bush administration and 9/11 attacks. Jeb Bush defended his brother's record, saying he kept the U.S. safe.

But the billionaire fired back. "How did he keep us safe when the World Trade Center went down?" he said to boos from the audience.

This story was updated at 11:43 p.m.