Clinton showed up prepared to act how women are taught we need to in order to prove ourselves in male-dominated space: She came armed with facts, kept her composure as to not seem emotional, and forced a smile when there was nothing to smile about. The democratic nominee was met by a man (if you could call him that) who interrupted her constantly to mansplain topics he knows nothing about, lost his temper when his ego was bruised, made light of his own rape-y comments, and lurked behind her intimidatingly as to imply: This is a man’s world, you’re just livin’ in it.
Honestly, what women hasn’t been there?
Here are 30 tweets from women who knew exactly how Clinton felt Sunday night:
Hillary Clinton is every competent, experienced woman who's had to fight to be heard over an underqualified, overconfident man.— Mary Beth Williams (@embeedub) October 10, 2016
this is how I felt before getting a root canal like I knew I would survive but it was going to be deeply unpleasant— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) October 10, 2016
Interesting to see Donald Trump do live onstage what so many women have reported: getting in your space, trying to physically intimidate you— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) October 10, 2016
he's hovering like a dude who bought you a single drink at the club— Hannah Giorgis (@ethiopienne) October 10, 2016
this is why i refuse to "debate" MRA twitter eggs. because it's literally exactly like this. actually it's more coherent & respectful.— Lindy West (@thelindywest) October 10, 2016
Hillary is proof a woman can work hard, rise to the top of her field & still have to compete against a less qualified man for the same job.— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) October 10, 2016
I like when he tells a lie then immediately calls her a liar-its like every bad relationship that ends w/the guy sayin "idk bitch was crazy"— Marcella Arguello (@marcellacomedy) October 10, 2016
Hillary is every woman who has conscientiously prepared only to be patronized by some entitled, ignorant jerk.— Amanda Kolson Hurley (@amandakhurley) October 10, 2016
Just like in the last debate, Hillary’s face is frozen in a look of noncommittal, thinly veiled frustration that every woman has perfected.— Krista (@nonsoccermom) October 10, 2016
Note to my male friends who might not realize: Trump's standing behind her is a bullying tactic. Abusive men do this to us all the time.— Melissa Ryan (@MelissaRyan) October 10, 2016
Literally if I was Hillary I'd just be like "Suck it. Thank you."— Emily McCombs (@msemilymccombs) October 10, 2016
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.