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.
When both of the moderators tried to move past a question on Hillary’s email scandal, Trump replied, “Nice, one on three.”
At one point, Raddatz interrupted Trump when he said his position on a Muslim ban had morphed into extreme vetting.
“Why don’t you interrupt her?” Trump responded.
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.”