The fifth GOP Debate was held Tuesday evening in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcasing nine hopeful Republican presidential candidates. While ISIS, radical Muslim terrorism and, well, Donald Trump, took center stage, viewers found themselves asking, "Who is coughing at the CNN GOP debate?" Yes, this is very important because I'm sorry but who can focus on what the candidates are even saying when all that coughing is happening??
UPDATE: Doug Watts, Carson’s communications director, told ABC News Wednesday morning that Carson was the mysterious, distracting debate cougher. He said Carson and his campaign team caught something about a month ago and have kept "a bagging cough" ever since, according to The Hill. He said Carson wasn't sick, "just working through this cough."
Because everyone noticed the noise. After all, it is cold and flu season. Not to mention each of the nine Republican party nominees have been on the road for months pitching their promises for a better future and rallying their supporters. Chances are the combination of exhaustion and vocal stress has taken a toll on their throats.
And the cough wasn't lost on Twitter users either, who tweeted about the continuous coughing. Perhaps a candidate's natural reaction to an already over-played debate stage is easier to comment on than Donald Trump's plan to deport all Muslim-Americans.
My wife is about to endorse the death penalty for whoever is coughing.— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) December 16, 2015
FYI the reason everyone is coughing is b/c of a debilitating, four-years-long drought in Nevada that's being made worse by climate change— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) December 16, 2015
The person who keeps on coughing into the mic right when a fellow candidate says something crazy is brilliant. #GOPDebate— Jeff Swift (@swiftj) December 16, 2015
It is also worth mentioning that once the coughing ceased, Ted Cruz's unending need to re-hydrate by continually drinking from his water bottle became as equally distracting. Is it really that dry in Las Vegas? If he doing his best Rubio impression? Is this proof that global warming is really a thing?!
oh snap cruz stole rubio’s water bottle. it’s on. pic.twitter.com/o3yhCAl6eq— Brian Ries (@moneyries) December 16, 2015
Did you see that?! Cruz drank water! Halt the presses!!— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) December 16, 2015
Epic fail by CNN for not having an official bottled water sponsor. #GOPDebate— BigHeadSports (@BigHeadSports) December 16, 2015
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