Even if didn't officially win the main debate, news reporters and the Punditocracy agree on this: He was large and in charge at Fox's Republican debate in Cleveland.
Trump, incidentally (and not surprisingly), declared himself the victor.
If there was a loser, however, many observers say it was the lackluster Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida.
Trump, in a call to ABC's Good Morning America, boo-hooed Friday morning that he was picked on -- and that the questions thown his way was unfair, particular those from Fox News' Megyn Kelly.
"When you're No. 1 in the polls, I guess that's what happens," he said.
He insisted it's only up from here, saying the Latino vote will go his way despite his Mexico/rapists comments and defended his refusal to rule out an independent candidacy if he doesn't get the party's nod.
"I want to run as a Republican. I want to win as a Republican."
He said he has the best chance of winning the general election.
TRUMP'S BEEF WITH KELLY
Here's the exchange between the candidate and the Fox News woman:
Kelly: One of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter. However that is not without its downsides, in particular when it comes to women. You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account ...
Trump: Only Rosie O'Donnell.
Kelly: For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.
Trump lashed out at Kelly, saying, "Honestly, Megyn if you don't like it, I'm sorry. I've been very nice to you although I could probably not be based on the way you have treated me, but I wouldn't do that."
"The big problem this country has is being politically correct. I've been challenged by so many people and I don't frankly have time for total political correctness," he said, defending his comments, many of which have, in fact, been directed at O'Donnell and lawyer Gloria Allred.