Hillary Clinton Gives a Perfect 'Fuck You' Smile While Trump Speaks

A few minutes ago, Hillary Clinton endured something infinitely familiar: she patiently listened to a deeply unqualified man as he (incorrectly) explained to her some basic knowledge. While debating tax codes, Donald Trump insisted that, as a Senator, Clinton could have single-handedly changed the tax code despite a Republican sitting in the White House at the time. Clinton smiled through the whole damn exchange, a smile she relied on throughout the night

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Clinton—already a master of the “woman listening” face—listened patiently while Trump lectured; on her face a studied smile, big and empty, a smile that every woman knows, a smile that says, “I’m being likable by smiling,” but cloaks that internal voice loudly yelling, “Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you.” Nearly every woman knows the “fuck you” smile and every woman recognizes it for what it is. Clinton’s smile was studied perfection—both a mask from criticism and a clear signifier to those who have performed that smile.

Clinton flashed the smile multiple times throughout tonight’s debate while she listened to Trump’s infamously looping and meaningless tangents. It was truly a masterclass in the “fuck you” smile.

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Jerry-Netherland
Jerry-Netherland

Somehow, after 95 minutes during which Trump could not articulate a single cohesive policy statement or, for that matter any complete sentence; after he threatened to go Mussolini on her and throw her in jail if he wins; admitted to not paying taxes - and MSNBC and CNN are calling a draw. Did they watch the same debate the rest of us did, or is he getting a mulligan for remaining vertical? (Never mind all the walking around and sniffling and snorting.)