Why does Fox News’ Brit Hume hate hugs? Well, it might be a stretch to say he hates them; he just mentioned the other day that he’d never seen a debate moderator hug the candidates following a debate before. Then again, this moderator was Rachel Maddow at a Democrat debate hosted by MSNBC.
Will the candidates on stage tonight for ABC News’ Republican debate be treated to hugs too? Maddow has given warning, tweeting that she’s a hugger.
If/when GOP invites me and MSNBC to host a primary debate, rest assured I am definitely hugging those guys, too. #I'mAHugger
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) February 5, 2016
@maddow And they’d probably hug you back if they weren’t afraid of that picture being put on a primary mailer. =)
— Jason Karsh (@jkarsh) February 5, 2016
Chris Christie’s already survived that hug with President Obama, even though a review of the video by Greta Van Susteren convinced her that quick pat on the back was no hug.
— Jersey Justice (@JerseyJustice1) February 5, 2016
@maddow I'm republican, there were only 2 candidates, I thought it was a very nice gesture on your part. So you're a hugger…No big deal.
— Susan Reaney (@SSReaney) February 5, 2016
@maddow I would pay good money to see that.
— Matt Phelps (@mwlphelps) February 5, 2016
@maddow Good, they need hugs the most
— Raw Banderson (@RobertoPedazo) February 5, 2016
— throughthechaff (@throughthechaff) February 5, 2016
@maddow The day when you hug Cruz can't come soon enough. Then my faith in the world will be restored.
— Jana Foxe (@janafoxe) February 5, 2016
@maddow trump may refuse, he's a germaphobe. his loss though
— steve s (@nogods69) February 5, 2016
— Nancy Ames (@icefishinglady) February 6, 2016
@maddow How can anyone hug a Repub for what they stand for!
— Caro Avanessian (@caroava) February 5, 2016
— Paul Compton (@JPaulCompton) February 5, 2016
@maddow Hug them all you want as long as you ask them the same issue focused questions. At least Sanders won't have a twitter fit about them
— Kristalia Astari (@Kristalia) February 5, 2016
@maddow Kind of sexist? How about Anderson Cooper or a male debate host hugging the candidates?
— GeeWiz (@mtg384) February 5, 2016
@maddow Very very unprofessional of U. But then U have a no ratings tv program. Appears you are biased, which a journalist should not be.
— Suzi Slye Elasik (@suziron) February 6, 2016
Of course she’s biased. MSNBC might have purged its daytime and evening lineup of liberals in a bid to lure some viewers back, but the progressive prime timers were allowed to stay and keep “leaning forward.”
@maddow glad you're a hugger…..knocks your objectivity down the tubes. And I don't believe you'll hug GOP. You blew it…sorry.
— GBoles (@Gboles555) February 5, 2016
A moderator hugging the candidates? Not professional. And be careful about telling people you’re a hugger.
— Herr Schadenfreude (@schadenfreude81) February 5, 2016