Sitting in the presiding officer’s chair, in front of a microphone he apparently didn’t realize was live, Bennet complained to a female colleauge (who was off-camera) while other senators voted that the Senate’s process was “rigged.” He also complained that there had been no advance discussion of the Democrats’ lameduck agenda before the session began.
“There’s nothing about — because it’s all rigged,” Bennet said. “I mean, the whole conversation is rigged. The fact that we don’t get to a discussion before the break about what we’re going to do in the lame duck — is just rigged. This stuff’s rigged.”
As Bennet made his comments, which you can hear in this video, two aides at one of the lower tables stood up to alert him that the microphone was live. Bennet, who is sitting partly off-camera on the right, suddenly noticed that the microphone was live. His female colleague laughed as Bennet reached across the dais to turn it off.