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Donald Trump booed after attacking Fiorina for “interrupting” at GOP debate

By WITW Staff on November 11, 2015

At Tuesday’s Republican debate, Donald Trump was booed by the crowd after slamming Fiorina, the only woman on stage, for “interrupting everybody.” His remark, which came in the middle of a heated exchange between Rand Paul and Fiorina about how they would deal with ISIS and engage with Putin. When Rand Paul jumped in to say the U.S. can be strong “without being involved in every civil war around the world” and invoked Reagan, Fiorina jumped back in to correct him. That’s when Trump decided to chime in. “Why does she keep interrupting everybody?” he asked in an incredulous tone. The line was received with some muffled laughter and applause from the crowd, but was quickly drowned out by a chorus of boos. It was an awkward moment for Trump, who has been chided for sexist remarks several times during his campaign for the GOP nomination. As Vox notes, the situation is a great example of an implicit bias which makes “people mentally turn up the volume when women speak” and results in people thinking that women are louder (or interrupting more) than they actually are. Looking at the data on the debate from the website FiveThirtyEight confirms that notion. Fiorina interrupted five times during the debate, more than only one other candidate — and fewer times than Trump interrupted.

Read the full story and watch the video at Vox.


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