Donald Trump is already busily laying the excuse-making groundwork for his objections to last night’s VP debate. Having earlier claimed victory for his running mate, he was quick to add this morning,
The constant interruptions last night by Tim Kaine should not have been allowed. Mike Pence won big!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2016
Trump, of course, repeatedly interrupted Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate. By Vox’s count, Trump interrupted her 51 times, including 25 times in 26 minutes (USAToday puts that figure at 22). Time put Trump’s interruptions at 55.
There is no doubt that last night’s debate was interrupted by…interruptions, and CBS News engaged in a count to determine to greatest offender.
FiveThirtyEight issued the following verdict:
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) October 5, 2016
If Kaine interrupted Pence, so did Trump interrupt Clinton. The Trump campaign has no high ground upon which to stand when it begins issuing complaints about the behavior of others.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.