O’Malley shushed on stage and social

December 20, 2015

Martin O’Malley, who trails far behind both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the polls, complained loudly to ABC moderators about being cut off and his lack of airtime during Saturday night’s debate.

But that did not appear to have a dramatic effect on his Twitter presence. O’Malley was mentioned in 12 percent of all tweets with the hashtag #DemDebate on Saturday night, compared to Clinton and Sanders who each took 44 percent of the share of Twitter conversation.  Yet, those numbers hardly moved from the previous debate hosted by CBS on Nov 14.

Back then, O’Malley was part of just 14 percent of the conversation, according to data by Twitter. Clinton dominated with 45 percent while Sanders had 41 percent. During the first Democratic debate hosted by CNN in mid-Octber, Sanders was mentioned in 41 percent of tweets, while Clinton took about 39 percent, and O’Malley just 6 percent.

During one of the first topics of the night, gun control, O’Malley was interrupted by moderator Martha Raddatz when he tried to jump in before Sanders was given the opportunity to speak. David Muir, another moderator, even put his hand up and told O’Malley that they were going to move on when he tried to jump in again after Sanders’ response.

His shushing by the moderators caused plenty of social media mirth:

But some pointed out that he didn’t get a fair chance to speak up about major topics.


He also did not speak on encrypted technology and law enforcement.

O’Malley, 52, got a slight buzz on social media when he played the “youth card.” When Sanders, 74, and Clinton, 68 were arguing over Syria he jumped in asking if he could offer “a different generation’s perspective?”

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