Twitter noticed tonight when moderator Martha Raddatz jumped into the debate — ditching her role as moderator to argue with Donald Trump on the substance of a question about Syria.
Trump also said during the debate that he felt like it was “one-on-three.”
Trump says the debate is "One-on-three" pic.twitter.com/NoNjkbx12t
— Washington PostVideo (@PostVideo) October 10, 2016
Raddatz interrupted Trump a number of times to challenge his response to a question or two tell him to “get back” to the original question, something she rarely, if ever, did when Hillary Clinton was speaking.
Critics on Twitter pointed out that, at times, Raddatz seemed like she was participating in the debate, a similar charge that was leveled against NBC’s Lester Holt after the first presidential debate in late September.
So now Martha Raddatz is a debate participant.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 10, 2016
What is Martha Raddatz arguing with Trump for? Is she nuts?
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 10, 2016
Why is Raddatz debating trump?
Isnt that hillarys job?
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) October 10, 2016
Emo Martha Raddatz has mini meltdown after Trump calmly calls out her bias. #ThreeOnOneDebate
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 10, 2016
Raddatz: Mr. Trump, may I punch you? Right now? I hate you. #debate
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 10, 2016
Is this a townhall, or just Raddatz v Trump?
— Eliana Johnson (@elianayjohnson) October 10, 2016
Martha Raddatz is now debating Trump.
— CNN Is Hitler (@NolteNC) October 10, 2016
BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith noted that Raddatz’s “contempt” was Trump was fairly obvious during the debate.
His answer really makes no sense and Raddatz can't conceal her contempt
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) October 10, 2016
Martha Raddatz: *asks question*
Trump: starts talking about something else
Raddatz: answer the question
Trump: the earth is flat
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) October 10, 2016
Left-wing wunderkind and celebrity nerd Ezra Klein praised Raddatz for being more knowledgeable than Trump and for interrupting him during his answers.
Martha Raddatz actually knows these issues, and understands the stakes, and is clearly appalled by Trump's word salad
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) October 10, 2016
Mashable, a sponsored content blog for millennials, suggested that Raddatz was doing more than just participating in the debate.
— Mashable (@mashable) October 10, 2016
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