PoliticsPeople Are Now Mad at Hillary Clinton For Smiling Too Much
As if we expected anything different.
It turns out that when one has the privilege of facing off against Donald Trump during an honest-to-God presidential debate, you don't actually need to say very much in order to come out on top. Yes, Hillary Clinton had clearly done some deep Twitter dives before tonight's train wreck, and she closed with a reasonably devastating anecdote that had me screaming "FROM THE TOP ROPE" like Jim Ross.
But really, her best moments tonight came when she purposefully stayed quiet, smiled, and allowed Donald Trump all the time he needed to unleash his patented concoction of outright falsehoods, bigoted vitriol, and nonsensical insults on the American people. Incredibly, it was Hillary Clinton's smiling that some definitely-not-mad-online Republicans found to be the most offensive part of this entire debacle.
Like many women, Hillary Clinton has spent much of her professional career being unfairly criticized for not smiling. It's a condescending, sexist exhortation that immediately reveals the insecurity of men dumb enough to offer it. Now, on the biggest stage of her life, as she listens in semi-disbelief to the one man who stands between her and the White House sputter incoherent nonsense to a national TV audience, her critics have decided that, no, now the problem is that she's smiling too much.
These are bad takes from angry men who are grappling, in real time, with the fact that their party nominated an overcooked ham steak to be their presidential candidate. While they rearrange the Titanic's deck chairs 140 characters at a time, Hillary Clinton can and should smile as much as she damn well pleases.