Whether they were pro-Desantis, pro-Crist, or somewhere in between, from the debate’s outset on Monday night, the audience routinely disrupted the conversation with boos, cheers, laughter, and applause almost every time a candidate would speak or offer a rebuttal. The behavior became so persistent that the moderator eventually scolded the audience to stop.
“I’m going to stop right now and ask that our audience please stop. We’re not going to get through all the questions and we have a lot of ground to cover, so please, please that needs to be the end of the applause,” she said.
The audience quieted down for a moment but returned to its disruptive behavior in a short time, so much so that the moderator ultimately gave up, transforming it into a basic circus. Below are just a few examples: