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Must We Be so Infantile in Our Criticisms of People in the Public Eye? by Dr. Michael Brown

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One day the right is mocking Hillary Clinton for taking a fall while walking down a flight of outdoor steps in India. The next day the left is mocking the president’s weight. Must we be so infantile in our criticisms? Aren’t there enough issues of substance for us to discuss and debate?

I don’t want to name names here, but suffice it to say that some major voices on the right seemed to enjoy watching Mrs. Clinton’s struggles in India. After all, she’s the fading icon of the left, the very image of failed policies and ideas. Mocking her is fine. That’s what we do to our political opponents.

And how many times did we replay the video of Mrs. Clinton collapsing during the presidential campaign, only to be whisked away by her bodyguards? Was this simply a concern for her health, which would have been legitimate for a presidential candidate? Or was it a matter of enjoying our ideological opponent’s apparent frailty? Were we concerned or were we gloating?

Conversely, without naming names on the left, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been appearance-shamed more than once (quite cruelly and baselessly at that). And the president’s weight has been a matter of ongoing mockery, most recently from a major magazine. But they are both fair game, since their critics say they represent the worst of the right. They are allegedly liars. They are supposedly hateful. They can be vilified. That’s what we do to our political opponents.

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