Tweets About Martha Raddatz Moderating The Presidential Debate Reveal The True Winner
Sunday night's town hall-style presidential debate was quite a departure from the formal, structured debate hosted by Lester Holt in September. Half of the questions came from the audience of undecided voters at Washington University in St. Louis, while the other half were posed by moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, whose questions were "influenced by voters’ concerns voiced on social media," according to Forbes. Many viewers were frustrated by Holt's failure to fact-check Republican candidate Donald Trump's statements at the first debate, and these tweets about Martha Raddatz moderating the presidential debate show that she didn't let him get away with any shenannigans.
Raddatz, who currently serves as Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for ABC News, previously served as a White House correspondent during the first Bush administration, and has reported from conflict zones. She won praise for her moderation of the 2012 vice presidential debate, where she kept both candidates, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden, on task. Many viewers were also impressed with her follow-up, an important skill in the presidential debate, as a certain candidate has a history of avoiding questions. On Sunday, Raddatz made it clear that she wouldn't tolerate such practices. Twitter users were quick to notice:
Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz (love em both) pic.twitter.com/r0Vudo1pBc— ken bone 4 prez (@besidesxspace) October 10, 2016
I hope Martha Raddatz has a button that just plays "FINISH HIM" from Mortal Kombat. #debate— Jeff Loveness (@JeffLoveness) October 10, 2016
Martha Raddatz is such a boss. She will kill this. Just watch.— Marin Cogan (@marincogan) October 10, 2016
Yes, Martha Raddatz. That is how you moderate. Don't let them filibuster!!!— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) October 10, 2016
Cooper and Raddatz trying to keep Trump on topic: pic.twitter.com/BEhH4AboGy— Danielle Henderson (@knottyyarn) October 10, 2016
An exasperated Raddatz is debating Trump now.— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 10, 2016
Martha Raddatz: *asks question*— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) October 10, 2016
Trump: starts talking about something else
Raddatz: answer the question
Trump: the earth is flat
Raddatz is about one more "you didn't answer the question" from getting Trump to scream a spittle-flecked "You can't handle the truth!"— Mike Tipping (@miketipping) October 10, 2016
I think that as a nation, we should take care of Martha Raddatz bar tab for life— Adam Bernbach (@adambernbach) October 10, 2016
Martha Raddatz, moderating. pic.twitter.com/o8Zh9udSLu— Carolina A. Miranda (@cmonstah) October 10, 2016
Trump should have to pay for Martha Raddatz's therapy after this #debate— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) October 10, 2016
Throughout the night, Raddatz went up against Trump more than Anderson Cooper or Hillary Clinton did. She held her own, as women often have to do on these debate stages, and she did not let Trump get away with speaking over his allotted amount of time. Trump didn't like that and consistently mentioned that he was getting cut off a lot more than Hillary Clinton when she would go over time. Raddatz denied this and graciously let Trump continue... until his time was actually up.
Good night, Martha, and I hope that somewhere in St. Louis, someone is rubbing your shoulders right now.