As was expected, Monday night’s presidential debate quickly turned into a Donald Trump meltdown. The Republican nominee, unable to defend himself on his record and platform, turned to cheap “mansplaining” tactics to try to agitate and unnerve his opponent by interrupting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton at an alarming and extremely disrespectful rate.
In order to demonstrate how numerous the interruptions were, VOX decided to keep count — and “The Donald” interrupted Clinton a staggering 25 times in the first 26 minutes of the debate. The Donald’s sexist behavior was completely out of order, and contributed to efforts from Moderator Lester Holt to reign in the conversation. Moderator Lester Holt also interrupted Clinton another 15 times.
At one point, while Clinton argued that Trump “was one of the people who rooted for the housing crisis,” the bully interrupted her to gloat, “That’s called business, by the way,” somehow proud that he had rooted for the biggest financial crisis the world has seen since the Great Depression. Not long after that, Donald interrupted Hillary once again to pretend he had never publicly said climate change was a lie the Chinese had put forth for their own national interests.
And then the whole spectacle continued to escalate dangerously. Trump continued to raise his voice, repeat himself, and talk over Clinton, even throwing in snide retorts at times that didn’t even actually add anything to the conversation, like childishly adding a one-word, “Not” at the end of one of Secretary Clinton’s points.
By the end of the debate, Trump had interrupted Clinton three times more than she interrupted him — 51 interruptions, compared to Clinton’s 17.
Monday’s debate was more than a 90-minute long exercise in gender dynamics and super-human patience. It was also a contest between two extremely vilified characters in popular media — Donald Trump, who routinely bullies his opponents with his masculine facade, complete with cheap insults and sexist comments against Secretary Hillary Clinton, one of our most devoted public servants who has struggled for years against blatant misogyny, attacked for not being “feminine” or “likable” enough.
Sorry, Mr. Trump, Secretary Clinton is running for the presidency – not one of your reality shows.
There is no working woman in America who doesn’t recognize the pattern of interruption that Trump is using against Clinton. #debates
— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) September 27, 2016
Trump is giving us a performance art piece on all 80s businessman clichés: Interrupt, yell, mansplain & make faces while the lady talks.
— Julie S. Lalonde (@JulieSLalonde) September 27, 2016
Trump makes me embarrassed as a man and makes me want to make sure I never interrupt a woman again
— Brandon West (@bwest) September 27, 2016
Donald Trump is a case study in mansplaining and interruption. Here’s an idea: DROP THEIR MICS when it’s not their turn to talk.
— Cara Santa Maria (@CaraSantaMaria) September 27, 2016