Rand Paul Mansplains To A Reporter How To Conduct An Interview

Jessica Renae Buxbaum
The latest Republican presidential candidate to join the 2016 race, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, did an interview with the "Today Show" on Wednesday that quickly turned sour when Paul decided to lecture a news anchor on how to do her job.

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When announcing his candidacy Tuesday, Paul was calm and collected, but his public image did a 180 this morning when "Today Show" co-anchor Savannah Guthrie pressed Paul on his changed opinions regarding policies with Iran, Israel and defense spending causing the Kentucky senator to lose his cool and mansplain Guthrie, a veteran political reporter, on how to do her job.

Paul accused Guthrie of “editorializing” or expressing her personal opinion when asking him about his shifted perspectives on aid to Israel, military spending and nuclear negotiations with Iran.

This is not the first time Paul has shut down a reporter when discussing his controversial political opinions. In an interview with CNBC’S Kelly Evans, Paul shushed Evans after a series of questions on tax policy and his comments on the anti-vaccination movement.

What both interviews highlight is not only Paul’s mansplaining sexism and complete disrespect for female journalists, but also his inability to handle severe scrutiny when put under a bright light. If Paul wants to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate, he’s going to have to show that he can handle a little third degree and actually answer a question like a professional instead of just interrupting.

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