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Trump weighs in on first Democratic debate

President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE offered his first opinion via Twitter of the Democratic presidential debate roughly a half-hour into the Wednesday night event, making it clear he was not entertained.

"BORING!" Trump tweeted.

The tweet came right after the debate had taken its first commercial break of the evening and as candidates began weighing in on the migrant family separations that have taken place during the Trump administration.

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Trump tweeted while Air Force One was stopped in Alaska to refuel en route to its final destination in Japan.

During the stop in Anchorage, Trump met with troops stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He quipped that he chose to spend time with the troops over watching the debate.

“I think they’re all going to do poorly,” Trump said of the Democratic candidates.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief FBI director faces lawmaker frustration over Capitol breach Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP MORE (R-S.C.), a 2016 Republican presidential candidate and staunch Trump ally, responded to the president by piling on the Democratic contenders.

"To associate this crowd with BORING is an unfair attack on BORING people," Graham tweeted. "BORING would be a step up!"

The president weighed in again minutes later to rip NBC News over a technical difficulty with audio and microphones that necessitated an extra commercial break, saying it was befitting a "fake news organization."

The president sat down for an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" last week, but has regularly criticized the network for its coverage.

Trump's name was lightly mentioned during the first hour of the debate. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharBill introduced to create RBG monument on Capitol Hill Lawmakers offer gun control bill to end 'boyfriend loophole' Juan Williams: Hypocrisy runs riot in GOP MORE (D-Minn.) criticized him over his economic policies and his inability to lower drug prices.

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington state officials warn providers offering VIP vaccine access Legislators go after governors to rein in COVID-19 powers Inslee rebukes hospital over vaccine appointments for donors MORE (D) chided Trump for his unfounded claims that wind turbines cause cancer.

"He says wind turbines cause cancer. We know they cause jobs," Inslee said. 

—Updated at 10:11 p.m.