Commentators to Clinton: A little bit softer now

March 16, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in West Palm Beach, Florida March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Two prominent male political commentators stumbled and fumbled their way into a debate over sexism in the presidential campaign Tuesday night after criticizing Hillary Clinton’s tone and demeanor during a speech the night she won four critical states in the Democratic primary race.

Fox News host Howard Kurtz (@HowardKurtz) needled at Clinton over the volume of her voice, a criticism rarely leveled at her booming male competitors. “Hillary shouting her speech. She has the floor; a more conversational tone might be better for connecting with folks at home,” Kurtz tweeted.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, meanwhile, implored the former senator and secretary of state to slap on a grin. After tweeting “what a massive night for @HillaryClinton,” the former congressman wrote, “Smile. You just had a big night.”

The tweets struck many on social media as sexist, with several Twitter users arguing that a male candidate would not receive the same kind of critique.


On Tuesday night, Kurtz defended himself on Twitter, arguing that his earlier comment was a legitimate criticism of her speaking style.

Later, he tweeted: “Yes, Bernie often shouts at debates and town halls. And I’ve commented on that. Not just HRC.” Scarborough, meanwhile, unleashed a barrage of defensive tweets Wednesday, arguing that he’s been equally tough on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

He later added, “I don’t look at HRC as a woman anymore than I did Thatcher. I look at her as a tough candidate who can handle it.”

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Hillary is shrill, I am not sure why recognizing that fact is a problem. She is a very unpleasant human being who happens to be a woman. That doesn’t make her off limits to criticism when she puts herself in the spotlight. Along with being shrill, and shouting, she is a despicable liar, a narcissist, and power-mad as well. So sorry about your luck, Clintonistas, there are many of us Democrats who support Bernie who would rather vote for Trump or even Satan before we vote for that corrupt, lying status-quo supporter of the practitioners of slash and burn capitalism who have destroyed this nation. Hillary is a bought politician that will do anything for personal enrichment. She should never be entrusted with power of any kind.

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