Brit Hume, a veteran reporter of the Fox News Channel, has come under fire for what some have interpreted as negative comments about Hillary Clinton’s appearance during Monday night’s presidential debate.
Hume, who hosts Fox’s On the Record, opined that Clinton was “composed, smug sometimes, not necessarily attractive.”
It seems possible that Hume was referring to Clinton’s demeanour, and not to her aesthetic appearance. But Clinton supporters, who are understandably sensitive about sexist comments being leveled at their preferred candidate, nevertheless took up arms on social media.
— Laurent Lawrence (@LaurentLawrence) September 27, 2016
@brithume I am so glad you called Clinton out on not looking attractive. It is, of course, the #1 thing I look for when choosing a President
— Robin Corak (@robincorak) September 27, 2016
— Ryan Goff (@RyanatMGH) September 27, 2016
On Tuesday evening during an appearance on Fox New Channel’s The Five, Hume addressed the uproar. “I was commenting on the candidate’s demeanor which is what you evaluate as a political journalist when you’re watching a debate and I said Trump looked uncomfortable and out of sorts and I’ve forgotten what else. And I said Hillary Clinton looked composed, smug some of the time and not necessarily attractive … talking about demeanor here. This is what we judge.” Answering another question from the show’s co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle, Hume added, “I was just talking about demeanor. We are not yet living in a society where a female candidate’s demeanor cannot be criticized. We’re just not there yet, but at the rate we’re going we may get there.”
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* This article has been updated to include comments by Brit Hume addressing the controversy.