Exactly How Often Did Trump Interrupt Clinton During The Debate?

Last night the entire nation turned on their TV’s to watch the first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Or, to more accurately describe it, viewers watched an hour and a half of Donald Trump spouting incoherent half-sentences, flailing his arms, and interrupting Hillary Clinton nearly every time she tried to speak.

To be frank, no one was expecting Trump to do well.

He doesn’t exactly have an track record for being the most comprehensible speaker to ever run for public office. (Cicero, he is not.)

But the blatant amount of unprofessionalism displayed by Trump, toward both Clinton and debate moderator Lester Holt, was shocking even for him.

Throughout the entire debate, Trump constantly disrespected his opponent and the moderator by talking over and interrupting them countless times.

Well not exactly countless, because we were keeping track.

28 times he interrupted, to be exact. (Some outlets, put the number as high as 51 times.)

People watch the first Presidential debate of 2016 at the LBJ Library in Texas. Photo Credit: LBJ Library/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

People watch the first Presidential debate of 2016 at the LBJ Library in Texas. Photo Credit: LBJ Library/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

28 separate times during Hillary’s allotted speaking time Trump felt the overwhelming need to blurt out whatever immature and asinine comment he thought of rather than respectfully allowing his opponent finish her 2 minutes or give her rebuttal before speaking.

Not every one of these 28 times was an intrusive or rude full comment.

Actually, he mostly interrupted with audible sighs into the microphone while she was speaking, or just plainly yelling “wrong” at her midsentence.

And these 28 times don’t even include the numerous times he spoke over or made rude comments to the moderator.

“You asked me a question, did you not?” was a phrase said by Trump more than once when Holt attempted to stop Trump’s incoherent rambling and move on to the next segment of the debate, even when Holt hadn’t even really asked him anything at all.

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Kelsey D'Auben is a Senior at Florida State Universtiy studying Creative Writing and French Language. After she graduates next year she plans on moving to New York in hopes of pursuing a career in writing and comedy, two of her biggest passions.
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