If you watched the Republican debate Saturday, you bore witness to the travesty that unfolded while the candidates were being introduced. If you did not actually watch the debate, you have most likely viewed late night talk shows having a field day with the now infamous introductory clip. For those of you who have seen none of the above, here is the rundown.
The fiasco ensued the instant Ben Carson missed his cue moments after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie strode confidently onstage. Patient and pleasant-looking as ever, Carson lingered, hands folded in front of him, a Cheshire cat smile adorning his face, waiting for his moment to shine. That golden moment, however, would never actually come. Instead? More clowns causing calamity.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was next to emerge, lapping Carson on the pathway to victory as he remained standing in what Washington Post political contributor Aaron Blake described as, “the purgatory between backstage and the mainstage.” I was both amused and horrified as the stage managers attempted multiple times to egg Carson onto the stage. Carson, for God only knows what reason, remained planted.
The next mishap occurred when Donald Trump didn’t hear his name being called the first time. As the applause died down, he casually sauntered toward Carson like a high school senior at homecoming, unenthusiastically staring into the camera like he had already made up his mind that he was too cool to be there. While this was happening, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio passed both of them, snickering to himself as he marched onstage.
Clearly confused, Trump and Carson began whispering between themselves, while, “ABC for some reason kept its cameras trained on the candidates,” zooming in and out on their puzzled expressions where were turned instantaneously into hilarious Internet gifs and memes.
A clearly frustrated former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush materialized behind Trump and Carson, already sick of their tomfoolery before he had even had the chance to walk onstage. Fortunately, he was able to follow his cue and brushed pass The Donald with a quick shoulder tap and the sassiest raised eyebrow to ever be caught on film.
Of course, the final candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, missed his name being called the first time, so he didn’t appear onstage until Chris Christie blurted out, “How about Kasich? Can I introduce Kasich?”
The “Saturday Night Live” cast, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert all showcased their perspectives on the debate debacle on their respective shows.
“’Saturday Night Live,’ to its credit, was first on the scene to make fun of the entrance, including it just a few hours after it happened in its ‘Weekend Update’ segment on Saturday night,” Blake said.
Personally, I think the ordeal perfectly exemplified the clownery that would ensure if any of the candidates involved were to become the next president of the United States, but that is just my opinion. If anything, the incident made for some seriously great television and made the political sphere a little more interesting.