The Republican debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, got off to a bit of an awkward start on Saturday.
It began on a high note, when ABC moderator David Muir introduced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Ben Carson’s name, drowned out by applause, was called second. But instead of making his way onto the stage, he stood off to the side as the moderators continued on down the candidate list.
Carson then started to make his way out, but suddenly stopped short when the moderators called out Ted Cruz’s name.
Someone from backstage, who popped his head out from behind the curtain, tried shooing Carson to walk out, but to no avail.
Donald Trump appeared in the wings after his name was called, but instead of coming to the stage, he stood back with Carson. Marco Rubio barreled past the two other candidates, smiling as he walked past them. Next came former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who gave the two a quizzical look before leaving Carson and Trump behind.
Social media lit up with reaction to Carson’s late entry onto the stage.
Others were more sympathetic to the GOP candidate and laid the blame elsewhere.
But it didn’t end there. Muir could faintly be heard calling out Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s name, but that too, was drowned out by applause. Both Muir and fellow moderator, Martha Raddatz, who had their backs to the stage, then realized they were missing and gave Carson and Trump another call to the stage.
“Dr. Ben Carson, please come out on the stage, he’s standing there as well,” Muir said.
“And Donald Trump,” Raddatz said.
As the moderators took their seats, Kasich was still missing.
“Where’s Kasich?” someone could be heard saying.
“Yes, yes, we’re going to introduce Ohio Gov. John Kasich.”