Republican candidate Donald Trump looked a little uptight Monday night during the first 2016 presidential debate. He looked so tense, in fact, that some political commentators and journalists on Twitter have commented that Trump needs to smile more. It's only the terribly sexist, shallow, and irrelevant advice that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has been putting up with for the last, oh, 20 years of her political career.
Trump appeared angry and rigid since the start of Monday night's debate — a stark contrast to Clinton, who stood poised and calm on that Hofstra University stage. But no matter how composed Clinton may present herself on the national stage, she forever faces criticism over her appearance. For Clinton, like most women in the public eye, that means putting on a friendly smiling face. Earlier in the night, CNN host Michael Smerconish even advised Clinton to loosen up and, "Don't be afraid to smile." Sure, Smerconish, there is obviously only one way for Clinton to appear warm and friendly to the American people.
Yet Trump, who rarely flashes a smile, never receives the same treatment. That changed on Monday night when a slew of journalists and political pundits turned the sexist tables on the Republican candidate during the first presidential debate. Hey, Trump, now you know how it feels to be judged solely on your looks and not on your accomplishments.
Here's how Twitter responded Monday night to Trump's winning smile — or lack thereof.
And here's Arsenio Hall with the understatement of the election...
The idea that women in power need to present an approachable and non-threatening demeanor while simultaneously stretching their intellectual prowess needs to go. It's 2016, and women in politics still can't win this sexist blame game: If Clinton doesn't smile, she's cold; if she speaks too loudly, she's shrill; if she counters Trump, she's hysterical. Although we know Clinton knows how to brush these criticisms aside, let's face it: the accusation that women need to have a grin perpetually plastered on their faces is as antiquated as Trump's politics.