The first and only vice presidential debate of 2016 took place on Tuesday night, and Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate, made headlines with his repeated interruptions throughout the 90-minute event. One tally put them at 70. According to USA Today, CBS News anchor Elaine Quijano, who moderated the debate, was interrupted 27 times. Here’s a highlight of Quijano scolding both Kaine and Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, for talking over one another.
Many of the night’s interruptions were made by Kaine, a point that Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway took issue with in a post on Twitter, suggesting Kaine was being sexist.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 5, 2016
Even a former adviser to President Obama pointed out Kaine’s interruption outburst. And by Wednesday morning, apparently suffering from a case of amnesia, Trump criticized Kaine for repeatedly interrupting his running mate.
The constant interruptions last night by Tim Kaine should not have been allowed. Mike Pence won big!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2016
Trump appears to have no recollection whatsoever that he interrupted Clinton 25 times in the first 26 minutes of the first presidential debate last week. GQ magazine interrupted the interruption bonanza by posting a funny screenshot on Twitter that cut right to the heart of the matter. It showed Quijano with an exasperated look on her face and closed captioning text at the bottom of the screen at the moment where Kaine and Pence were talking over each other, which read, “Men yelling indistinctly.”
The Clinton campaign did not respond to questions about Conway’s assertion that Kaine’s interruptions were “sexist.”
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