Trump controls debate on Twitter
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate 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 CruzFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate NY Times, McCabe give Trump perfect cover to fire Rosenstein, Sessions Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate MORE (R-Texas), at 14 percent, Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioNikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio Rubio unloads on Turkish chef for 'feasting' Venezuela's Maduro: 'I got pissed' 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 ClintonFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate Heller embraces Trump in risky attempt to survive in November Live coverage: Cruz, O'Rourke clash in Texas debate 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.