Viewers of last night’s debate between the vice presidential candidates took to Twitter to savage Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine after he was dominated by a measured and confident performance from Donald Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence.
Many viewers felt particularly irritated by Kaine’s propensity to interrupt, something which he did 70 times over the course of the debate:
Tim Kaine keeps interrupting and is coming off as an obnoxious, arrogant bully. #VPDebate
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine will unite Americans by interrupting every last one of them.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine cannot stop interrupting. He is coming off extremely defensive, petty, and untrustworthy just like his running mate #VPDebate
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) October 5, 2016
Other viewers picked up on the fact Kaine seemed to be very nervous, which was evident in both his speech and his body language:
Tim Kaine looked like Richard Nixon in the famous LOSS to JFK.
He looked sweaty and nervous.
— John (@NobamaDotCom) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine is losing it early. Can't stop moving his hands. Anxious for sure. Looks nervous and angered
— Tim Biddle (@beitledudeguy) October 5, 2016
Tim Kaine is so nervous. Anytime pence is making a good point, Kaine just interrupts and starts yelling. Embarrassing performance from him
— Griffin Peeples (@gpeeps22) October 5, 2016
Many, including members of the mainstream press, were critical of Kaine’s overall performance, which was seen as condescending, arrogant, and over-rehearsed:
— Lois Romano (@loisromano) October 5, 2016
My take: Kaine turned in a worse performance than Dan Quayle. https://t.co/snEVBAYEsO
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 5, 2016
— Mike Barlow (@mikebarlow2) October 5, 2016
Whose performance hurt Hillary more in the past day?
a) Bill Clinton, her husband
b) Tim Kaine, her runningmate
c) both of the above
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 5, 2016
The general consensus, even across pro-Clinton media, was that Pence was the winner of the debate:
— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) October 5, 2016
— Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) October 5, 2016
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) October 5, 2016