Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday over the idea that President Donald Trump could be punished with a “mute button” after he repeatedly interrupted Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday’s presidential debate.
During an interview on Fox News, Smith noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering changing the rules due to the constant interruptions at the first debate between Biden and Trump.
“At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn’t jump in there as much as he did?” Smith wondered.
“I actually wanted him to keep asking him about stacking the Supreme Court,” McDaniel replied.
“But to that point about the interruptions,” Smith interrupted. “Did you ever think, that’s too much?”
“Joe Biden was interrupting the president just as much,” McDaniel claimed falsely. “It was the back and forth.”
“But I’m asking you a question that you’re not answering,” Smith countered. “Did at any point, did you think it would be better for your party, better for the Trump campaign to not have jumped in as much as he did?”
“Many women didn’t like that,” the Fox News host continued. “They didn’t like the aggressiveness that they saw on the stage.”
“At any point, I’m asking you, Ronna, did you wish the president didn’t jump in as much?” she asked.
“I’m speaking as a female voter,” McDaniel said. “I wanted to see the president to force Joe Biden to answer these questions. I really wanted Chris Wallace to do it and I was glad to see the president do it.”
Smith went on to point to a recent Monmouth University national poll that found Biden leads Trump 57% to 38% among women voters.
“Doesn’t that concern you?” Smith pressed.
For her part, McDaniel asserted that “a lot” of Trump’s debate performance appealed to women.
Smith reminded McDaniel that Trump had more than twice as many interruptions as Biden.
“When you look at the interruptions, our Brain Room dug into exactly how many interruptions there were on the part of both candidates,” Smith remarked. “In total, Biden, 67 times. President Trump, 145 times. You can tally it up and you can see there were more interruptions.”
“Would you support a mute button?” Smith wanted to know.
“These are grown men,” McDaniel insisted. “They can handle each other.”
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Early voting to be hit by heavy rain and flooding as Hurricane Zeta barrels towards the Gulf Coast
Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near Louisiana's border with Mississippi on Wednesday evening as campaigns work to get supporters to the polls and convince any undecided voters to back their candidate.
"Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect," the National Hurricane Center warned.
"Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding," the center explained.
Lincoln Project releases harrowing new video of the future if Trump wins re-election
The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists seeking to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, released another new video on Monday evening.
Unlike other videos, the latest release did not feature Trump saying crazy things. Instead, it is more like a 60-second short film.
It features a mother listening to election night returns. She goes into her son's bedroom and lovingly awakens him.
"Hey honey, you asked me to wake you and tell you what happened in the election," she says.
"Who won?" the child asked.
"Trump," she replied. "Trump won."
Twitter again takes action against Trump for lying about mail-in ballots
On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted yet another false claim about mail-in ballots, and implicitly called for throwing out any ballots that have not been received by November 3rd even if they were postmarked before that date.
Twitter took action against the president's false statement, hiding it behind a warning that it "might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process."
The social network has previously limited other tweets from the president, including those giving false information about the COVID-19 pandemic and one that appeared to glorify the shooting of civil rights protesters.