Four years ago I posted a picture of Mitt Romney giving a very dark, dirty and angry look at Candy Crowley during the last debate. Mitt Romney, rich white Mormon, was not used to having someone talk back to him. Especially a woman. (there was an equally disturbing picture of one of Mitt’s sons in the audience looking like a demon about to make something burst into flame. the nightmare-inspiring picture became its own meme.)
Rich white guys like that are used to being able to say anything they want and not have someone else tell them they’re wrong.
Last night it was worse. Donald Trump, a rich white guy, isn’t used to having anyone pin him down or tell him to answer a question or to stop talking. Last night he had two women and a gay man doing just that and he was visibly shaken. Angry. But in a dark way.
By the end of the debate he had threatened to have Hillary put in jail, wasted about a minute whining about his time limit, grabbed a chair to hump it in some sort of chest-beating dominance thing, and was finally reduced to ominously creeping behind Hillary in a very misguided attempt to psyche her out. He failed.
This is the look of man who is seething with fury at a stronger woman who isn’t willing to be subordinate to him or anyone. This is a dark anger that we haven’t seen even from him before.
This should scare us even more than anything else because this is the look of someone who won’t accept not getting his way. This is the look of someone who’ll start a nuclear war over a trade dispute. We can’t let this man near the White House.