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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)


Clinton criticized for not smiling enough during commander-in-chief forum

September 8, 2016

Presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump participated in an NBC News commander-in-chief forum Wednesday night, essentially the next best thing to a debate until the two candidates tangle for real later this month. Sadly — and unsurprisingly — Clinton, the first woman nominee from a major political party, was criticized afterwards for not smiling enough during the Q&A session that was hosted by Matt Lauer. Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus assailed Clinton in a post on Twitter, saying she “was angry + defensive the entire time – no smile and uncomfortable – upset that she was caught wrongly sending our secrets.”

He faced a swift backlash on social media for trotting out the hallmark technique of old school sexism. Within 13 minutes, Clinton had responded on Twitter and completely shut Priebus down with a decisive burn: “Actually, that’s just what taking the office of President seriously looks like.”

For the record — and contrary to Priebus’s assertion — Clinton actually did smile during the forum, as the Getty news photograph above demonstrates. No observers leveled any criticism at Trump about the amount of smiling he did during the event. And the smile criticism wasn’t the only sexism Clinton had to endure during the 30-minute session. According to The New York Times, noted political observer Norman Ornstein pointed out on Twitter that “Lauer interrupted Clinton’s answers repeatedly to move on. Not once for Trump.” He added, “Tough to be a woman running for president.”

Read the full story at CNN.


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