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In what we can only hope was a sign of what’s to come, the ABC GOP debate kicked off with the most bizarre candidate walk-out any of us will likely ever see. Ben Carson appeared to refuse to go on stage, the moderators literally forgot about John Kasich, and both Carson and Trump had to eventually be begged before finally shuffling out from the shadows. This candidate clusterfuck alone almost makes the entire, terrible election worth it.

The moderators quickly blamed the disaster on the loud applause, ostensibly making it difficult for the candidates to hear their own names. Still, everyone else until Carson seemed to manage fine. If you have any idea what the hell just happened, please do let us know down below.

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