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Rick Santorum cut off female co-panelist Gloria Borger while she was talking about Mike Pence interrupting Kamala Harris at the VP debate


CNN political reporter Gloria Borger appearing on a panel with Rick Santorum on October 7, 2020.

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Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum interrupted a female co-panelist as she tried to explain the problem with Vice President Mike Pence constantly interrupting Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris during their Wednesday night debate.

Pence interrupted Harris around twice as often as she did — prompting CNN analyst Gloria Borger to criticize the vice president during the network’s post-debate panel, where she was the only woman.

Borgen began to praise Harris’ composure and explain what the interruptions signal to female viewers, but Santorum loudly cut off Borger to muscle in a counterpoint.

Borger said of Harris: “That’s hard, when you’re getting interrupted constantly.

“Maybe she did create a meme: ‘Mr Vice President, I’m speaking,’ and she kept saying that to him, as if to say ‘I’m not finished,’ and he would sort of plow ahead,” she said.

“I think women watching that … are gonna say ‘wait a minute’ …”

Then Santorum cut off Borgen, saying:  “Don’t make the claim that he interrupted her repeatedly, because he didn’t.”

Hall of Fame interruption by @RickSantorum, who cuts off @GloriaBorger to argue that Pence didn’t interrupt Harris. pic.twitter.com/OwZ50YJxWU

— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) October 8, 2020

Replicating Harris’ refrain when interrupted during the debate, Borger responded: “Mr. Santorum, I’m speaking,” while Santorum proceeded with his interruption.

The irony was not lost on those watching.

“Santorum interrupted the woman on the CNN panel to tell her that Pence didn’t interrupt Kamala. With absolutely no irony or self-awareness,” tweeted April Reign, cofounder of a campaign to appoint the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.

The New Yorker’s Patrick Radden Keefe tweeted: “Amazing moment just now on CNN where Gloria Borger, the sole woman on a panel with 4 men, starts to explain what it was like for women to watch Kamala get repeatedly interrupted but can’t finish because the men on the panel interrupt her.” 

The staccato pattern of the vice-presidential debate echoed that between Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump on September 29. 

During the presidential debate Trump repeatedly interjected and spoke over Biden, rendering the debate down to a melee of noise and hand gestures.

Santorum also drew ridicule for his comments following that debate.

Appearing again on CNN, Santorum said it was unfair of debate host Chris Wallace to ask Trump to condemn right-wing extremists during the debate, because it meant alienating Trump’s own supporters.

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