If one thing was clear from Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, it was that co-host Dana Perino didn’t want to hear from Doug Burgum.
During the chaotic two-hour event, in which the GOP candidates desperately tried to attract attention to take on Donald Trump’s dominant lead, the North Dakota governor repeatedly found himself hopelessly shouting from the side of the stage, without Success.
Unfortunately for Burgum, he didn’t even get the chance to introduce a terrible new nickname for Trump or make vile jokes because the Fox News host was there to tell him to shut up.
At the beginning of the debate, Perino set the tone. Responding to a question to biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, Burgum said the moderators “asked a question about child care and no one answered the question.” After the governor spoke for a few seconds, Perino interrupted him.
“Sir, we will ask you some questions, but you must let us continue. Next we go to the border,” she explained.
However, these questions were common for Burgum and ended with that least speaking time of the seven candidates on stage.
After a heated back-and-forth in which South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Ramaswamy made her feel “a little more stupid,” Burgum tried to speak out again, but Perino threatened him to take away the ability to speak.
“I’m the only person on stage who has a career in technology,” the governor exclaimed, asking if he could return to the moderator’s original question about artificial intelligence.
“Sir, we need to cut off your microphone and I don’t want to do that. “I don’t,” the Fox host replied.
However, Perino’s dismissive attitude towards Burgum did not end there.
Toward the end of the evening, the front-runner thought he saw an opportunity after former Vice President Mike Pence was asked about domestic oil production. However, that wasn’t the case.
“As the only person leading an energy state, can I answer the energy question?” Burgum asked himself.
“NO!” Perino yelled before quickly turning her attention to Haley.