Embarrassing debacle when hot mic snafu derails Dem debate. Trump was on it: ‘Truly unprofessional’

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Houston, we have a problem …

NBC/MSNBC were forced to cut to “a quick break” during the first Democrat presidential primary debate Tuesday evening because of an unexpected and embarrassing technical snafu.

The snafu attracted criticism from President Donald Trump due to the lack of professionalism it demonstrated:

Others took NBC and MSNBC to task for robbing the Democrat candidates of “precious” debate time:

As the second hour of the debate began and moderator Chuck Todd tried to question candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren about gun control, voices could be heard echoing throughout the building.

Todd and fellow moderator Rachel Maddow responded by admitting to the audience that there was a microphone problem and requesting that the “control room” fix it.

But as Todd tried to question Warren again, the voices returned, prompting Maddow to exclaim, “What’s happening!?”

This time Todd had an answer.

“We are hearing our colleagues’ audio!” he said, referencing the first hour’s debate moderators Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Jose Diaz-Balart. “If the control room could turn off the mics of our previous moderators …”

“You know, we’ve prepared for everything,” Maddow chimed in. “We did not prepare for this.”

“Guess what guys: We are going to take a quick break and get this technical situation fixed. We’ll be right back,” Todd added right before the network cut to a commercial break.


Embarrassing …

While Trump and some critics aimed their frustration at NBC and MSNBC, others used the technical glitch to score points against the Democrat candidates.

Take the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., who was disappointed by “the bewilderment and fear” that the candidates displayed when the technical snafu occurred. They looked like deer caught in headlines.

“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,” he tweeted right after the snafu occurred. “Imagine them in the situation room? Scary!!! #demdebate.”



Some blamed the technical snafu on Democrats, though it’s unclear whether the Democrat Party was itself involved in setting up and controlling the technical aspects of the debate.

Nevertheless, critics contrasted the Democrats’ alleged inability to set up some simple microphones with their grandiose desires to run the entire country (into the ground …):


Some suggested the debate had been hacked by Russia:

The last batch of critics took aim at the Democrats’ “boring” performance and noted that the technical snafu was in reality the most interesting party of the whole event:

Early Thursday morning, the president posted another tweet about the debate. It was a meme video created by one of his fans that depicted what “really happened” during the snafu.




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