Debate moderator Martha Radditz holds back tears while discussing Trump's victory


During Tuesday night’s election coverage on ABC News, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Radditz appeared to be overcome by emotion when discussing the emerging reality that Donald Trump would soon be the commander-in-chief of the United States military.

When asked by anchor (and former Clinton confidante) George Stephanopoulos about Radditz’ passed interactions with Trump about her interactions with Trump during the campaign and she began to relay a story about VP candidate Tim Kaine’s son, an active duty Marine:

“Donald Trump, I questioned about what he would do about Syria and his understanding of military policy and civilian/military divide, I don’t know that he really has a plan for what he’s going to do there. He has Gen. Mike Flynn. Gen. Mike flynn has been with him. He’ll quickly tell you he has 200 admirals and generals backing him. I think Mike Flynn has been a huge influence on him.

I was also looking back at an interview Tim Kaine gave. Tim Kaine has a son in the Marine Corps. He was asked by CBS’s John Dickerson, ‘If Donald Trump is democratically elected,and your son is serving as a Marine, you wouldn’t trust his life under that commander-in-chief?’ And Kaine said, ‘I wouldn’t.’

That’s a pretty extraordinary thing to say; if you have a son in the Marine Corps, and you don’t trust the commander-in-chief. The people in the military defend the Constitution. That’s what they do.”

It’s clear in the video that Radditz is overwhelmed by the notion that a father is scared for his son’s life because he believes the commander-in-chief can’t be trusted with his life.While relaying the story, Radditz’ voice can e heard breaking as if she was choking back tears.

Radditz was a moderator, along with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, of the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and President-elect Trump.


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David Strom 6:01 PM on March 29, 2023