Over the past day or so, Morning Joe host and Trump Train conductor Joe Scarborough has taken quite a bit of flak for his insistence that Hillary Clinton smile after her big primary wins on Tuesday night. That offhand remark, combined with Joe’s previous comments about Clinton’s voice and other male pundits complaining about her shouting, led to fair criticism of a sexist double-standard being applied to the former Secretary of State. This culminated in Samantha Bee starting a hashtag, #SmileForJoe, where women sent Scarborough pictures of their non-smiling faces.
On Wednesday, Joe took to his new column space at the Washington Post to defend himself from the criticism that he was being a sexist prick. In typical JoeScar fashion, he refused to offer any introspection about how maybe, just maybe, women were right to take offense and that perhaps he would take a different approach in the future. Nope. He pointedly wrote that he was not offering a “mea culpa” and that it is his job to offer commentary on political figures, which is what he did when he told Clinton to smile.
Not only did Joe use his op-ed to claim that he wasn’t being a modern day Don Draper and telling Hillary that it sure would be nice if she presented a more feminine image, he also used it to continue his insistence that he hasn’t used his show as a Super PAC for Donald Trump. Scarborough made sure everyone reading knew that he was extra-hard on Trump following the primary elections, way more so than Hillary.
We were also treated to complaints about microaggressions and women taking his comments too seriously and out of context, once again showing that he really doesn’t understand why the criticism was levied against him in the first place. And, just for good measure, he tossed Mika Brzezinski under the boss for criticizing Ted Cruz’s appearance. In his opinion, he is treating Clinton the same way he treats any other candidate, and that he would insist everyone should smile more often while on the campaign trail.
So, ladies, calm the fuck down. Joe Scarborough wasn’t being a patronizing, sexist d-bag. Just ask him. He’ll tell you so himself. It is literally impossible for Joe Scarborough to ever be wrong about anything.