CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was forced to cut to a commercial break during a segment Tuesday afternoon after an embarrassing earpiece malfunction caused some miscommunication between her and a guest.
Former Apprentice contestant and Donald Trump supporter Erin Elmore joined Baldwin to discuss an all-male group of Senate Republicans working on their Obamacare replacement bill.
However, things went awry the moment the interview began.
“I’m sorry, I’m having a very hard time hearing you, but I think I understand your question,” Elmore said as she frantically tapped her earpiece after Baldwin opened her line of questioning.
Elmore dived straight into her talking points, unknowingly talking over Baldwin as the host tried to suss out the earpiece issue.
“Can you hear me, Erin? Because we need to be able to have a two-way conversation,” Baldwin said as Elmore continued talking.
When it was clear her guest couldn’t hear a word she was saying, a visibly frustrated Baldwin motioned to her producers to cut to commercials.
“Take a break. Take a break — we will be right back,” the CNN host said.
This is not the first time a member of team Trump has been the recipient of a faulty earpiece during a CNN interview.
In February 2016, during the Republican primaries, then-candidate Donald Trump declined repeated requests from CNN host Jake Tapper to disavow the support of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.
Trump’s refusal to immediately denounce Duke and the KKK provoked a torrent of criticism from Republicans and Democrats.
But Trump insisted after the interview that he couldn’t hear Tapper’s question. He accused CNN of giving him a faulty earpiece.
“I’m sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad earpiece that they gave me,” Trump said on NBC’s Today following the interview. “And you can hardly hear what he was saying.”
“Now I go and I sit down again, I have a lousy earpiece that is provided by them. And frankly, he talked about groups. He also talked about groups. And I have no problem with disavowing groups but I’d at least like to know who they are.”