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Marianne Williamson Says Her Mic Was Muted in the Debate Too, Just Like Andrew Yang

Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang

Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang

Marianne Williamson, a Democratic candidate for President, has said that her mic was muted at times during the Democratic debate on Thursday too. Andrew Yang became a trend on Twitter after he said that his mic was muted during the debate and supporters found a video that might back up his claim. NBC, meanwhile, has said that they didn’t mute any mics during the debate. Now Williamson is corroborating Yang’s statement, saying the same thing happened to her. The debate was hosted by MSNBC, NBC, and Telemundo.

Williamson and Yang were among the candidates who spoke the least during the debates, The Washington Post shared. Williamson only spoke for five minutes and Yang only spoke for three minutes. Eric Swalwell only spoke for 4.3 minutes. Meanwhile, Joe Biden spoke for 13.6 minutes, Kamala Harris spoke for 11.9 minutes, and Bernie Sanders spoke for 11 minutes during the same debate.


George@GeorgieTarr

I made a graph. Yang had far more donors than others who had up to 3.5x his speaking minutes #LetYangSpeak

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Heavy reported extensively on Yang’s mic issue and other times that he’s been left out of MSNBC coverage in a story here. Now Williamson is saying the same thing happened to her.

She said in response to a tweet asking her about the mic issue: “As much fun as I’ve had laughing at all the understandable hilarious tweets about me today, the mic issue is not funny and yes it did happen. I tried a couple of times to jump in and my mic was not on. Particularly wanted in on the subject of race.”

Greg Brian@Gregoriancant

What was up with the rumors of some mics going dead, as in Yang's? I wonder about the Presidential Debate Commission sometimes in how much they're making the debates a controlled social experiment. #PresidentialDebates https://twitter.com/marwilliamson/status/1144829360949616640 

Marianne Williamson
@marwilliamson

Thanks to @SenGillibrand for being genuinely sisterly, suggesting during the debate last night that I be given the chance to speak.

Marianne Williamson
@marwilliamson

As much fun as I've had laughing at all the understandable hilarious tweets about me today, the mic issue is not funny and yes it did happen. I tried a couple of times to jump in and my mic was not on. Particularly wanted in on the subject of race.

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NBC News told CNN in a statement: “At no point during the debate was any candidate’s microphone turned off or muted.” They sent the same response to Newsweek.

Yang said that the microphone issue happened a few times during the debate. He told supporters after the debate, in part: “It’s this sort of thing where, it’s not like if you started talking, it takes over… It’s like I was talking, but nothing was happening. And it was like, ‘Oh f—.’ So that happened a bit too.”

Here’s a video of one of the moments when supporters say you can tell that Yang’s mic was turned off:

It appears from the video that either his mic was muted and he was faintly picked up by other mics, or his mic was leveled down. However, NBC has said this did not happen, so it’s unclear what was going on. Kirsten Gillibrand’s mic is clearly much louder than Yang’s when he tries to speak at the same time as her. Many candidates spoke out of turn during the debate and were clearly heard at other times too.

You can also see Joe Biden turning to look at Yang in the video above, indicating that he was talking loud enough for those near him to hear him, but not anyone else.

Yang has said publicly that his mic was turned off during the debate. He talks about it at 4:04 in the video below, when he was speaking to supporters after the debate.

Ray@SaltySunRise

Next debate he will definitely go in more detail and persuade more Americans

Corey Davis@CoreyNDavis

Link where Yang says his mic was off so he couldn't add to the conversation. Like he tried to say "Hey". But couldn't. #FuckMSNBChttps://www.pscp.tv/w/1yNGavkAWnrJj 

William LeGate @williamlegate

Yang post-debate party

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Yang isn’t blaming the possible mic muting on his entire debate performance. After the debate, he tweeted about his reflections and things he could do better.

Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Some reflections from my first debate: First very glad to have the chance to represent on stage! Truly a privilege and thank you for making it happen.

Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Second, I feel bad for those who tuned in to see and support me that I didn’t get more airtime. Will do better (my mic being off unless called on didn’t help) and glad to have another opportunity in July (and afterwards)!

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Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Second, I feel bad for those who tuned in to see and support me that I didn’t get more airtime. Will do better (my mic being off unless called on didn’t help) and glad to have another opportunity in July (and afterwards)!

Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Third, this format is not a natural one for me at all. Requires very specific behaviors that feel very forced.

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Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Fourth, I’m glad that the network switches and we get different moderators each time.

Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Overall I’m pumped for what we accomplished and even more pumped to take what I’ve learned and get out there again soon. 😀👍🇺🇸

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Yang now has 130,000 donors, which is enough to meet the donor requirement for being in the Democratic debates in September. The other requirement is hitting 2 percent in qualified polls.

Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Heck yeah - we are at 129,943 donors and will clear 130,000 donors later today! Next stop September and October DNC debates! Thank you #YangGang - you all are making history and changing what is possible in our country. We will give a special shoutout to donor #130,000. 😀👍🇺🇸

Andrew Yang
@AndrewYang

Donor #130,000 is Joshua Evans from Havertown, Pennsylvania! Thank you Joshua and thank you #YangGang! Onwards to 2020! 👍🙏😀

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Yang’s supporters have pointed out times before when he was left off MSNBC graphics. Here’s one video where the monitor quit working right when they started to talk about him.

Scott Santens
@scottsantens

This egregious behavior has even been noted by @FAIRmediawatch where despite polling 8th at the time, an MSNBC graphic earlier this month excluded Andrew Yang in a photo compilation of 20 candidates. #LetYangSpeak #YangGanghttps://twitter.com/FAIRmediawatch/status/1138476327022092288 

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FAIR
@FAIRmediawatch
Replying to @RealSaavedra @AndrewYang

According to @RealClearNews' average of polling, @AndrewYang is tied for 8th place in the Democratic race--yet he's not one of the 20 candidates included in @MSNBC's candidate graphic. http://bit.ly/2YKNtUA 

Scott Santens
@scottsantens

Okay, this one is actually really funny. Hat's off on this one, MSNBC.

"Who else is on that stage with the former Vice President, with Bernie Sanders, you know Andrew Yang... whoops... my screen just went out!"#LetYangSpeak #YangGang #Yang2020

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Before the debates this week, when MSNBC had a graphic showing the “Showdown in the South” that was coming to Miami, they left both Yang and Williamson off the original graphic, and instead included candidates who weren’t qualified for the debates.

MSNBC Removed Yang to Add in Someone Who Isn't Qualified in the Deb...

After a lot of complaints online, MSNBC fixed the graphic and added Yang and Williamson.

Scott Santens
@scottsantens

Holy s***. They did it. The crazy bastards did it. @MSNBC created a graphic with photos of the 20 candidates to appear in the first debates, and they actually went so far as to remove @AndrewYang and include someone who didn't even qualify. This is shameless in how brazen it is.

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Scott Santens
@scottsantens

Looks like we made enough noise, #YangGang. @AndrewYang has been unerased by @MSNBC (and @marwilliamson too). #Yang2020

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And then there was this moment when Yang finally appeared on an MSNBC graphic, but they didn’t actually say Yang’s name while they said everyone else’s name:

You can see more examples of MSNBC’s previous coverage of Yang in Heavy’s story here. NBC still says that the mics were never muted or turned off. But now Williamson is corroborating Yang’s story. We will update this story if more candidates share the same.

If you have comments about this story or additional video showing the mics muted, tweet the author of this article.

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Comment by mr1stroke on June 30, 2019 at 6:53pm
rafael monzon these people always have tp show their history to other communities as well as keeping their promises to other communities like the jews, gays and asians, the black community ia the only community who dont make demands and vote without agenda, they dont ask no questions to those candidates, now why do you think these people dont come to the community, why dont they walk to the areas where people are getting shot and see the crimes and poverty, nope they go straight to the churches becauase they know how retarded the community is

Now at what point do a group of people get it, they have been voting but yet still living in the worse condition yet they say voting is power, so what happened oh wait i forgot the negro leaders never bother to tell them that without demands and agenda their votes mean nothing, the biggest excuse is that pur ancestors died for voting thats why we have to vote, but our ancestors also made major sacrifices like boycott, how come the negros leaders are quick to tell the people not to boycott because they are getting paid from those businesses

Yes you are right reason why they are talking reparation the democrats know they cannot go anywhere without black voters, they saw what happened qhen bernie sandees dropped out the racw in 2016 those of us with sense did not vote so that damn hillary got the lesson they feel if they talk about reparation dumb negros will vote because it sounds good abd thats what they want, when you tell these dummies out there do not vote democrats unless they make changes the first thing they say well they cant vote republican damn idiots how about being independent after all those years how come negros dont have their own party? Too ducking lazy and greety always waiting on the white for hand outs, 2020 will teach those negros a lesson if they dont make smart political decisions
Comment by rafael monzon on June 30, 2019 at 5:53pm

You're 100% correct. I always said before anyone runs for office everybody should see your full body of work. Don't come knocking on my door and ringing my phone when you want my vote and never plan to speak to me again. All these politicians are opportunist. Now they want to talk about reparations this oh how we can get the black vote. But there was no public display of this before they threw their hat in the race. One of the problems is that they preach to the choir but behind closed doors play poker with the devil.

Comment by mr1stroke on June 30, 2019 at 4:02pm

with so many idiots in the community, there are those who knows nothing about Joe Biden and will still vote for him, too daumb to question  his service in politics, since he says he has always been fighting for civil rights, ask him to show the bills he has proposed to better the black community like he did for the busing segregation and the crime bill, ask him to show all the goods he has done in favor of the black community that makes the community so good, where people are getting shot everyday, this weekend alone in brooklyn it was worse than bagdad, dumb fools, every time they speak they have to include blacks issues with others, when do we talk abouyt black issues alone, when do we address whats going with black stop comparing with the gay community and others, because they sure damn dont care about black people, you monkey fools wake the f*** up

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