By the end of the night, Trump accounted for 55 out of the 84 of the debate’s total interruptions (all of the times Clinton, Trump, debate moderator Lester Holt or the audience cut off the current speaker.) By contrast, Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major political party ticket, only interrupted Trump four times throughout the debate, and had a total of 11 interruptions.
Most of Trump’s interruptions came during moments where Clinton criticized him, including a handful when Clinton question Trump’s treatment of women near the end of the debate.
Many were quick to criticize Trump’s frequent interruptions as sexist, noting that being ‘manterrupted’ is a common microaggression directed at women in the workplace. And studies have shown that men are more likely to interrupt women than they are men.
John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s campaign, told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell that Trump’s constant interruption struck a chord with women.
But Trump’s running mate Mike Pence had a different take during his round of morning show interviews on Tuesday.
“He took command of that stage,” Pence told CNN on Tuesday morning. “And that in the contrast of a kind of avalanche of personal insults from Hillary Clinton.”