Profs outraged over Trump being nice to female debate moderator Kristen Welker
- A University of Wisconsin-Platteville professor criticized President Donald Trump for being courteous to the final presidential debate’s moderator.
- Other academics agreed, calling the comments "condescending."
Elizabeth Schmitt, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville criticized President Donald Trump for being courteous to the final presidential debate’s moderator, Kristen Welker of NBC News.
“The patronizing ‘I respect your handling of this’ from Trump is cringe worthy,” Schmitt wrote. “Would not be happening to a male moderator. It’s the ‘oh honey you’re trying’ of politics.”
The patronizing “I respect your handling is this” from Trump is cringe worthy. Would not be happening to a male moderator. It’s the “oh honey you’re trying” of politics. #GenderLens2020— Elizabeth Schmitt, Ph.D (@schmitte) October 23, 2020
Notably, Trump criticized Chris Wallace of Fox News when he hosted the Sept. 29 debate, tweeting that Wallace was a "total JOKE."
Chris Wallace was a total JOKE. Protected Joe all night long. He’s no Mike!!! https://t.co/0mRHAVAUda— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
Schmitt also criticized Trump for calling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by her popular moniker, AOC, which also happens to be the New York representative’s chosen Twitter handle.
“Trump calls @AOC by AOC not her name,” said Schmitt. “Mistake repeated just like Pence in the last debate #genderlens2020.”
According to her personal website, Schmitt strives “to include course material from an equal spread of male and female scholars, and also work to highlight under-represented voices, such as queer scholars or intersectional scholars.”
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A Salem College professor, Spring-Serenity Duvall, agreed with her, stating that she "cringed" when President Trump made the comment.
“I cringed so hard... it was so condescending and unnecessary," she said.
A third professor, Penn State historian Cathleen Cahill, added “I think someone told him to thank people tonight.”
I think someone told him to thank people tonight— Cathleen Cahill (@CathleenDCahill) October 23, 2020
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Campus Reform reached out to Schmitt for comment and will update this article accordingly.
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