Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Smile Distraction the Unfair Quips about Clinton's Demeanor

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Smile Distraction the Unfair Quips about Clinton's Demeanor

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GOP national Chairman Reince Priebus' tweet about Hillary Clinton appearing angry and not smiling during the recent national security forum proved that the chairman is clueless. And sexist.

Mr. Priebus condemned Ms. Clinton for maintaining a serious demeanor about a serious subject. Since when is that a bad thing?

Besides, an earnest appearance does not mean one is angry. The absence of a smile does not suggest that one is uncomfortable. The lack of a chummy presentation does not mean one is defensive.

If Ms. Clinton had smiled at the forum, would she have been criticized as a lightweight, not serious enough, or trying to appear to the audience as nice as the girl next door?

Ms. Clinton is not the girl next door. She is not your common, everyday ordinary woman any more than her opponent, Donald Trump, is an ordinary man. …

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