Andrew Yang Accuses NBC of Turning Off His Mic During Debate After Getting Just 3 Minutes to Speak

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang accused NBC of turning off his microphone during parts of Thursday’s Democratic debate.

"There were also a few times, FYI, where I just started talking, being like, 'Hey, I want to add something there,' and my mic was not on," Yang told supporters after the debate. "And it's this sort of thing where, it's not like if you started talking, it takes over the [conversation]. It's like I was talking, but nothing was happening. And it was like, 'Oh fuck.' So that happened a bit too."

Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign complained about time too:

The sister of Tulsi Gabbard used her official campaign Twitter account to slam NBC for not giving the Hawaii congresswoman enough time to speak at the first night of debates.

"It's clear who MSNBC wants to be president: Elizabeth Warren," Vrindavan Gabbard wrote. "They're giving her more time than all of the other candidates combined. They aren't giving any time to Tulsi at all."

Yang got least time of any candidate:

According to The New York Times, Yang got just 2 minutes and 58 seconds of speaking time at the debate. The next closest candidate, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, got nearly two minutes more, as did author Marianne Williamson.

Former Vice President Joe Biden got over 13 minutes, California Sen. Kamala Harris got over 12 minutes, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got around 11 minutes.

Gabbard did not get the least speaking time on her night. The Congresswoman spoke for over 6.5 minutes while New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee got under 6 minutes. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker got over 11 minutes, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke got over 10 minutes, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren got over 9 minutes.


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