President Trump found a way to inject himself into the Democratic debate.
Trump took to Twitter Wednesday night during the debate to criticize NBC, saying the network botched the event due to technical issues. The biggest gaffe occurred when Chuck Todd began to ask a question about gun control, only to be interrupted by noise from backstage.
Thanks to a hot mic, the audience and viewers at home could hear someone saying, “I need to go to the restroom” and ” Where’s my binder? Someone’s got my binder.”
“We are hearing our colleague’s audio,” a confused Todd said as backstage chatter filled the auditorium. “The control room can turn off the mics,” Rachel Maddow, the other moderator, added. “If the control room can turn off the mics of the previous moderators.”
The show then cut to commercial, with Todd saying, “Guess what guys. We are going to take a quick break and get this technical situation fixed. We’ll be right back.”
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Trump went on the attack right away, mocking NBC for it’s “unprofessional” handling of the event.
“.@NBCNews and @MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate,” he tweeted. “Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a FAKE NEWS Organization, which they are!”
He also shared a doctored video of himself walking on the debate stage amid applause. “Thank you @MSNBC, real professionals! @chucktodd @maddow,” he captioned the video.
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Thankfully for the other moderators — NBC anchors Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and Jose Diaz-Balart — their segments weren’t marred by technical difficulties.
The second Democratic debate will air on Thursday, June 27 from 9 p.m. ET. to 11 p.m. ET.