Once again, the biggest losers in a presidential candidate debate appear to have been the hosts.
In this case, ABC News moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz were quickly roasted by Twitter users not just because they asked a weird question about possibly needing to “redefine” the role of presidential spouses, but for doing so at the end of the night — and ignoring several other important topics to do so.
Oh my GOD. No climate change questions, but ABC is asking an effing presidential spouse question? Come. On.
— Jamison Foser (@jamisonfoser) December 20, 2015
Foser’s organization, Next Gen Climate, quickly released a statement demanding that the Democrats hold another debate focusing exclusively on climate change.
But it wasn’t just activists upset over the question. Several of Muir and Raddatz’s colleagues also criticized them for going in that direction, as seen below.
What is this question?
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) December 20, 2015
Did a White House gender roles question just beat out climate change?
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 20, 2015
Is it time to change the role of the President's spouse? Like, should he get to be President too, hypothetically? What the hell is this
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) December 20, 2015
Presidential spouses got as much time as systemic racism tonight, and even more so than terrorist violence on abortion clinics. I'm done.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) December 20, 2015
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) December 20, 2015
What is with this question?! #DemDebate
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) December 20, 2015
Presidential spouse questions? Really? #DemDebate
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) December 20, 2015
You can ask the most likely next president questions on literally anything, and you ask her about FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS?
— Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp) December 20, 2015
— eDk (@Comitus) December 20, 2015