Who Is The Worst Interruptor At The Democratic Debates?
The Democratic debate hosted by Univision on Wednesday featured few interruptions or skirmishes between the two candidates, yet viewers hung on, scouring every moment for signs of the drama seen earlier in the week. Though exchanges between the two are relatively tame compared to the frenzied interrupting and [unintelligible yelling] viewers have come to expect from GOP debates, Bernie Sanders received sweeping criticism for calling out Hillary Clinton at Sunday’s debate when she interrupted him as he discussed his favorite topic: Wall Street bailouts.
Viewers were quick to call out what they considered flagrant sexism on Bernie’s part, and news outlets milked it. Mic claimed that “every woman watching…cringed,” and New York Magazine called the exchange “arguably sexist.” Many disagreed, claiming that his “lashing out” was simply a matter of good debating decorum, and that Clinton had been rude in interrupting to begin with. Sanders addressed the controversy with reporters after the debate, stating that she had already gone over her time and asking “Did you check out how often Hillary Clinton interrupted me?”
Bernie, be careful what you wish for. Vocativ spent Thursday re-watching all of the Democratic debates to analyze just how frequently the candidates interrupted one another.
The analysis revealed that, contrary to how he remembers it, Sanders has interrupted far more frequently than any other Democrat who has appeared on the debate stage this election cycle. In total, Sanders has interrupted Clinton three times more than she has interrupted him. At the debates held on November 14 and January 17 (the one in which Bernie debuted his epic side eye), Clinton was actually the only candidate not to butt in on another candidate’s speaking time.
— Annie Kehler (@annie_kehler) January 18, 2016
Seemingly aware of the hypocrisy that Sanders’ recent comments revealed and the dynamic that exists, Clinton chose to speak out for the first time on Wednesday, subtly but firmly calling out the Vermont senator two-thirds of the way into the debate after he had already interrupted twice.
— Anita Kumar (@anitakumar01) March 10, 2016