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U.S. Senator Kamala Harris may have wanted to focus on the issues and policy in her debate with Vice President Mike Pence but viewers could not get past her facial expressions.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee was essentially run over by her opponent as Pence repeatedly brought the facts to the table in a calm and thorough manner. Harris, on the other hand, sparked widespread criticism not only for her ineffective debating but also for her many “smug” and “exaggerated” facial expressions, with Megyn Kelly tweeting at one point for her to “take it like a woman.”
Despite the abundance of policy issues covered in Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, it seems many viewers were not only distracted by a fly that landed on Pence’s head but also by Harris’ body language.
The Democrat’s performance was peppered with smirking, head shaking, smug laughing, side-eye looks at Pence and more distractions that dominated the split screen in the 90-minute spectacle.
— MaC 🎙💊#FightBack (@RedPillMaC) October 8, 2020
Social media users weighed in on Harris’ smirking, with some liberals trying to salvage the night by turning her immature face contortions into a good thing. Others predicted a wave of memes that would follow.
— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) October 8, 2020
— Alana Moceri (@alanamoceri) October 8, 2020
Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News and NBC, told the Democratic contender at one point to take it “like a woman” and not to “make faces.”
Take it like a woman. Don’t make faces.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 8, 2020
She explained her take when there was some confusion on Twitter about the expression.
Instead of “like a man.” We can be stoic too
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 8, 2020
Many of the debate points seemed to have been overtaken by the senator’s constant facial posturing.
The face Kamala Harris made when Mike Pence stated that she and Joe Biden are going to overthrow the Supreme Court with court packing pic.twitter.com/Oy1JKdddIw
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 8, 2020
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 8, 2020
“Smug is never a good look,” columnist and Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce tweeted in a succinct summary.
Smug is never a good look.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) October 8, 2020
Twitter users wholeheartedly agreed.
Pence is so credible, confident, and sincere.
Harris is smug and arrogant.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) October 8, 2020
Absolutely! It’s bad enough I have a headache from the falsehoods and question dodging….the bouncing head is making me nauseous
— Remember the Golden Rule (@rememberthegold) October 8, 2020
Smirking is not a good fallback when she doesn’t have the answer.
— CD Coffelt (@CDCoffelt) October 8, 2020
The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway wondered aloud if anyone had looked into the negative effect Harris’ “smug head bob thing” would have on voters.
Did literally no one bother to focus group Kamala Harris’ smug head bob thing to see how it goes over with actual humans?
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 8, 2020
Excuse me, Mollie! pic.twitter.com/542Lyx41CQ
— Michael J. Cecchini (@mike_cecchini) October 8, 2020
And the negative responses continued to pour in.
Every female trial lawyer, including me, knows that audiences detest women who act like that in a professional setting.
— Mary Tobin (@maptobin) October 8, 2020
So many faces ALL THE TIME. It is unbearable
— Melissa Ortega🕇👩🏽⚕️🇺🇸 (@Melissa22577) October 8, 2020
I feel embarrassed for her pic.twitter.com/Jr6mP3DFNA
— Krista Thiele (@KristaJThiele) October 8, 2020
She debuted that behavior during Kavanaugh hearing.
— Gretchen Grossman (@GGretchenmobley) October 8, 2020
The exaggerated facial responses are reminiscent of Al Gore sighing
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 8, 2020
The smirking and giggling, I forgot how bad she is at this
— Blaine Diggins (@mitters101) October 8, 2020
Is it just me or does Kamala Harris give off the same unlikable vibe Hillary Clinton does? #VPDebate
— 💀👻The FOO🎃🐰 (@PolitiBunny) October 8, 2020
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