During the first presidential debate of the general election season, Republican Donald Trump interrupted Democrat Hillary Clinton 51 times, according to Vox. In comparison, Clinton interrupted Trump just 17 times.
Let that sink in. Trump interrupted Clinton three times as much as she interrupted him. This is not to mention all the times Trump did not heed the mild-mannered demands of moderator Lester Holt, who asked Trump to finish speaking, informing him his time was up.
Studies dating back to 1975 have shown that women are more likely to be interrupted by men with whom they are conversing. More recent studies have found men are more likely to interrupt women than other men. And women are more likely to interrupt each other than to interrupt men. Essentially what Clinton experienced on the debate stage was just another day of being a woman.
The whole experience will look and sound familiar to women watching, who were probably rooting for Clinton as a model for how to handle everyday sexism.
To the dismay of some viewers, Holt asked Trump to discuss remarks he made about Clinton's appearance. "Earlier this month, you said she doesn’t have, quote, 'a presidential look.' She’s standing here right now. What did you mean by that?" Holt asked.
Trump converted the blatantly sexist remark into a critique of her stamina, paving the way for Clinton to dispense him with her much-quoted response.
"Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina," she said.
Clinton did not allow Trump to perpetuate the illusion that his comment about her looks was anything but sexist. "You know, he tried to switch from looks to stamina. But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers," she said.
Clinton reminded viewers of other times Trump had been sexist, referencing a former Miss Universe contestand. "He called this woman 'Miss Piggy,'" Clinton said. "Then he called her 'Miss Housekeeping,' because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado."
After Clinton called Trump out on his sexism, for some reason he automatically thought of lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, whom he has bullied for years. "I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her," he said, proving Clinton's point. He then applauded himself for not going after Clinton with ads attacking her family, concluding that essentially she was "not nice."
At another point in the debate Trump tried to condescend to Clinton, who had stayed out of the public eye recently. "You decided to stay home, and that’s OK," he said, mentioning all the places he had been.
Again, Clinton saw his attack as an opportunity, delivering perhaps the most quotable moment of the debate.
"I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that’s a good thing."
Clinton shared a video of Machado after the debate:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2016