Trump interrupted 48 times, compared to Clinton's 9
Donald Trump’s “such a nasty woman” retort to Hillary Clinton was just one of his dozens of interruptions during the third and final presidential debate. Others included “Hillary, you have no idea” (as Clinton blamed Russia for cyberattacks on the U.S.) and “Your husband disagrees with you” (as Clinton defended the Affordable Care Act).
In all, Trump interrupted Clinton and moderator Chris Wallace 48 times—far more than the 15 interruptions he logged during the second presidential debate, but still down from the first debate, when he interrupted 55 times, based on debate transcripts.
By contrast, Clinton interrupted only nine times during the third debate—on par with her previous performances, with five and 11 interruptions in the first and second debates.
Fox News’ Wallace, who was widely praised for taking control of Wednesday night’s debate, took a more aggressive approach than previous moderators, with 26 interjections. That’s more than Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz combined in the second debate (17), and nearly triple Lester Holt’s interruptions in the first debate (10).
You can see every interruption from Wednesday’s debate in the interactive below:
Not everyone agrees on what counts as an interruption, as FiveThirtyEight recently documented. Rather than counting interruptions by hand, which is prone to inconsistency, this analysis uses the Congressional Quarterly transcripts for its tallies.