Donald Trump found himself debating three opponents last night.
At one point, moderator Martha Raddatz took matters into her own hands and attempted to debate Trump over Syria. Speaking about strategy, Trump asked, “Why can’t they do it quietly? Why can’t they do the attack — make it a sneak attack,” Trump said. “Why do they have to say we are going to be attacking Mosul within the next four to six weeks, which is what they are saying. How stupid is our country?”
Rather than have Hillary respond, Raddatz interjected, “There are sometimes reasons the military does that; psychological warfare, it might be to help get civilians out.”
She also interrupted Trump during a question on his Muslim ban. Trump had begun to explain his Muslim ban was really going to be a form of “extreme vetting,” when Raddatz interjected, “Will you please explain whether or not the Muslim ban still stands?”
Trump fired back, ““You interrupt me all the time, why don’t you interrupt her?”
Earlier in the debate, Trump had another memorable line pointing out the bias as Anderson Cooper tried to change the topic: “Nice, one-on-three.”
It wasn’t just your perception that Trump was debating three others. They really did interrupt him more than Hillary — even more so than Lester Holt in the first debate, who interrupted Trump 50 percent more than Hillary.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz, the moderators in the second presidential debate, didn’t waste time trying to block Donald Trump. According to the Republican National Committee, the moderators interrupted Trump 26 times, and only interrupted Hillary Clinton 12 times — less than half the times they interrupted Trump.
“Please allow her to respond. She didn’t talk while you talked,” Cooper scolded Trump during the debate. Later he did it to Trump again: “Please allow her to respond. She didn’t talk while you talked,” he said.
The moderators also repeatedly berated Trump supporters for cheering and clapping during the debate.
“The audience needs to calm down here,” Cooper said at one point, but ignored Hillary supporters after they followed suit.
Later, Cooper scolded the audience again for cheering on Trump. “We want to remind the audience to please not talk out loud. Please do not applaud,” he said. “You’re just wasting time.”
Well, they didn’t seem to be concerned with wasting time when they were interrupting and arguing with Trump.
But, of course, we knew to expect as much, given the moderators. As Powerline wrote after they were announced for this season’s debates:
Austin Bay showed why Anderson Cooper “has no business moderating a presidential debate”in a good column for the New York Observer.
I disqualified Martha Raddatz from further proceedings involving Republicans in this post without further explanation this past February. NewsBusters did the hard work of selecting some of Raddatz’s worst liberal outbursts.
Quotable quote from Martha Raddatz on ABC’s This Week, April 20, 2014 (trigger warning: may induce nausea): “Very important question: What do you think Hillary Clinton should be called as a grandma?…I say maybe ‘Glam-Ma.’ Maybe ‘Glam-Ma?’”
Yeah, so suddenly the same woman who suggested ‘Glam-Ma’ as the name by which Hillary’s grandchildren should call her is debating Trump on military policy?
Despite the clear bias against him, Trump still wiped the floor with them all, as Col. West noted in his own debate assessment.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]