Debate crowd breaks into laughter after hot mic snafu

The crowd at the first 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on Wednesday night broke into laughter during an awkward technical glitch that resulted in some NBC moderators' microphones being left on while they were backstage.

As candidates were asked a question about gun control from NBC's Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddWhite House offers reassurances amid recession fears as 2020 candidates sound alarm Possible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Kudlow: 'There's no recession on the horizon' MORE, the previous moderators could be heard in the background saying, "I need to go to the restroom" and "Someone's got my binder." 


The candidates, Todd and fellow moderator Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowUS ambassador to Germany calls out journalists who blocked him on Twitter Frustrated liberals say Democrats aren't aggressive enough on courts Fox News closes out July as most-watched cable network for 37th straight month MORE briefly appeared confused as the comments were broadcast over the speakers in the entire arena before realizing it was a hot mic issue.

"We are hearing our colleagues' audio. If the control room could turn off the mics of our previous moderators," Todd said while laughing.

After he explained the issue, the entire arena, including the candidates, broke into laughter.

"We prepared for everything. We did not prepare for this," Maddow chimed in before the debate cut to a commercial break while the technical issue was sorted out.

The issue was quickly fixed, and the debate continued, but social media users quickly jumped on the mistake, which marked a lighter moment in the midst of some more heated policy discussions. 

The issue was also noticed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE, who ripped it as evidence that NBC is a "fake news organization."