Hillary Laughs, Revealing Local Pundit As Sexist Asshole

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at last night's debate.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at last night’s debate.

Media Matters for America reports on a disturbingly common reaction last night from conservative pundits to the sight of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, laughing heartily onstage after opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders dismissed the GOP’s endless obsession with Clinton’s email server from her days as Secretary of State.

They don’t like the way she laughs:

Multiple media figures derided Hillary Clinton’s laugh during the first Democratic presidential debate, calling it a “cackle” and “a record scratch.” During the 2008 presidential race, Clinton’s laughter was repeatedly attacked, despite criticism that such attacks were rooted in sexism.

During the October 13 CNN debate in Las Vegas, Clinton laughed after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defended her from repeated questions about her use of private email by criticizing the media for fixating on the issue and saying, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!” Clinton and Sanders shook hands as the crowd applauded.

The moment has been described by several outlets as a highlight of the night.

But several media figures initially focused on Clinton’s laugh. BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted, “oh god the Clinton laugh is out,” while the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote, “THE CLINTON LAUGH,” and Fox’s Sean Hannity tweeted “Omg that laugh.”

Several conservative media figures took it further, calling it a “cackle…” [Pols emphasis]

Here in Colorado, political pundit Eric Sondermann, who gets an inordinate amount of quote space from the local media as an allegedly “independent” political voice, had what we can only describe as a sexist meltdown on Twitter over Clinton’s moment of levity. Sondermann’s comments about Hillary during last night’s debate ranged from the moderately dog-whistle offensive:


To the wholesale demeaning of a former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State:


To be sure, Sondermann, like all these other male conservative pundit-class types, has a big problem with Clinton’s laugh–invoking that lovely “c-word” without hesitation:


But after Sanders came unexpectedly to the aid of Clinton on the matter of Clinton’s private email server, Sondermann appears to exhibit…well, a pubescent imagination.


So, maybe Sondermann had a little too much to drink before he jumped on the Twitters to “live-Tweet” last night’s debate? It’s very difficult to imagine him spewing all of this inexcusably sexist crap at the Democratic presidential frontrunner if he wants to retain his current position as the local media’s leading “independent” political quote machine. Any one of these Tweets would be worthy of scorn by themselves–to fire these off together in some kind of ragey stream of consciousness is a pretty clear demonstrator of how Eric Sondermann really feels about Hillary Clinton.

And arguably, women in general.

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  1. FrankUnderwood says:

    That's because she reminds all of these assholes of their first ex-wives. These dirtbags are going to have to start redirecting the vile racism they've shown Obama for the past seven years with vile misogyny aimed at HRC. 

  2. bullshit! says:

    Jesus Christ. Can they please stop giving this asshole airtime? He belongs on KNUS.

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      I have no idea why the MSM props him up. He's either wrong, or offensive, or both, and still he gets quoted. This is not his first time being a complete lout either. He's got a real powerful woman problem.

  3. Moderatus says:

    Not sexism, not even a little. Has it occurred to you that maybe Clinton's laugh is not very personable? She turns off a lot of people male and female. I suggest you deal with that problem instead of faking outrage anytime someone fails to show absolute love and submission to Hillary.

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      Not surprised you are so clueless, not even a little.

    • BlueCat says:

      I don't like HRC. Not at all. But when a woman's laugh is referred to as a cackle the intention is clear. No surprise that you are as sexist as your entire Borg. What's also clear is that you righties resort to that kind of insult because you've got nothing better.

      The fact is HRC did very well and the entire field made your field look petty, mean, clueless and small. Instead of personal attacks and insults it was a serious, thoughtful exchange of policy positions. If you're not thoroughly embarrassed by the contrast, and I'm sure you're not, it's because you are exactly the kind of bitter, frightened, resentful, gullible, easily manipulated, small minded, bigoted, misogynistic, xenophobic person the GOP candidates are targeting. 

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    You know, I think I've seen Sondermann and Silverman on that Independence Institute show, Colorado Inside Out, together more times than I care to recall.  Can't watch it anymore.

    Never heard either one of those flabby, porcine, cackling, screeching nimrods criticize the other's obvious lack of speaking voice, or cartoonish appearance??  (Hell, except for the fact that Lynn Bartels and David Kopel actually do have tolerable voices, if you turned down the sound, I'm pretty sure you'd be asking yourself just how those quadruplets got a show?)

    Ah, the ways of love are universally mysterious, and apparently as deaf as they are myopic …

  5. NeonNurse says:

    This was today's quote on the A.Word.A.Day mailing list, and I think it has some application. The R's have about run out their inning of scaring people.


    I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone. -Dwight D. Eisenhower, US general and 34th president (14 Oct 1890-1969) 

    • mamajama55 says:

      Hence, they have to keep pumping up the fear factor to stay in power – during the Cold War, the "threat level stop lights" during the Iraq / Afghanistan wars, etc. Scaring the population is a very effective way to make it accept repression of civil liberties.

      Unfortunately, as ISIS and ISIL continue to gain ground, North Korea keeps ramping up its missile capability, Putin continues expanding his influence, there are real causes for fear. 

      If Trump succeeds in promoting his TV  star persona as the tough guy who can squish the enemy, more than Bernie or Hillary  can sell their cerebral, multifaceted, diplomatic approaches to containing outlaw states, then the GOP may win, which would be truly terrifying.

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