Hillary Clinton surrogates have been complaining about sexism in the debate. The one that’s happening tonight. The one that hasn’t happened yet. This is called pre-spinning an event.
The Hill reported:
Clinton allies see double standard and sexism in debate
Hillary Clinton supporters see a double standard when it comes to Monday’s presidential debate, which for the first time will feature a woman debating a man.
Throughout the campaign, Clinton has faced questions and criticisms that would not be asked or made to a male candidate, her allies say.
The jabs have come even Clinton surrogates such as former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, who this week said he’d like to see Clinton “smile more” in the debate.
The comment left ClintonWorld shaking its collective head.
“She can’t win, even with her own,” one Clinton confidant grumbled.
“Is there a double standard? One hundred percent times 100 percent,” said Tracy Sefl, a Democratic consultant and Clinton surrogate. “And God forbid if she coughs.”
Rendell’s comments were just the latest frustration for Clinton and her campaign, which believes she is being measured and criticized unfairly ahead of the debate at Hofstra Univerity in New York.
They say their candidate will be criticized for smiling too much or too little, for cracking too many jokes or not enough. She’s criticized when she talks too much about policy, and she’s criticized if she relies on too many zingers.
It sounds like they’re pretty worried, doesn’t it?
Of course, the same people will insist she won the debate, no matter what happens.