If you sat down to watch the Republican debate last night, you may have noticed one big, orange thing was missing that night. Donald Trump, as you no doubt heard, skipped out on the debate. But for the Donald Trump campaign, it was actually a pretty smart move. Here’s why.

It Took Attention Away From the Other Candidates

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Let’s face it. The only candidate anyone’s really talking about, no matter what your political party is, is Donald Trump. Whatever Trump’s doing, we’re fixating and focusing on him. By dropping out of the debate, he ensured that all eyes would be on him and no one would be talking about Ted Cruz, especially while everyone speculated about why he dropped out.