When MSNBC took over the second half of the first Democrat debate on Wednesday night, moderators Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd had to pause for technical issues.
It looked like amateur night.
Democratic debate suffers audio snafu, and Trump pounces
The first Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign skidded to a halt for several minutes Wednesday night following a technical glitch.
An apparent audio snafu came at the one-hour mark of the highly anticipated television event, as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and NBC News’ Chuck Todd assumed moderating responsibilities from Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt of NBC and José Diaz-Balart of Telemundo.
As Todd posed a question about gun violence, some of the 10 White House contenders on stage expressed confusion — including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who asked: “Can we hear?”
“Everybody’s mics are on. I think we have a, I heard that too,” responded Todd. “That’s OK. I think we had a little mic issue in the back.”
“Control room, we’ve got contrary audio,” Maddow chimed in.
Watch it happen below:
The mockery came from both sides of the political spectrum.
The Daily Caller reports:
Twitter Users Of All Political Stripes Unite In Ruthless Mockery Of MSNBC’s Mic Issues During Democratic Debate
MSNBC was ruthlessly mocked by Twitter users of all political persuasions after the network experienced technical difficulties that caused microphone issues and forced an unplanned commercial break.
— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 27, 2019
Well, this whole mic situation was quite awkward. Rachel is hilarious now that it’s gone to commercial. #DemDebate
— deray (@deray) June 27, 2019
— Stu Burguiere (@WorldOfStu) June 27, 2019
Maddow should blame the mic issue on the Russians so Twitter can be ruined for the rest of the night
— David Klion🔥 (@DavidKlion) June 27, 2019
Watching the bewilderment and fear in the Dem candidates faces with some minor technical difficulties shows you all you need to know about how they would likely handle real issues would face as leader of the free world.
Imagine them in the situation room? Scary!!! #demdebate
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 27, 2019
This mic glitch is the perfect metaphor for this party right now. #DemDebate
— Lily Herman (@lkherman) June 27, 2019
Trump had the best comment:
.@NBCNews and @MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate. Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a FAKE NEWS Organization, which they are!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2019