lash out at him if Donald does not keep his promises over the next
four years? If Veep is a completely accurate representation of
politics, then it does not matter. His supporters will continue to
support him in the end.
Another similarity between Selina and Donald is their
ability to manipulate gender norms to win over a crowd. Selina
cries while Donald exhibits anger and refuses to cry. In the episode
“Tears,” congressman Roger Furlong (Dan Bakkedahl) asks Selina
not to endorse him for governor of Ohio because her approval
ratings are embarrassingly low. She begins to cry during a talk with
the governor, which sparks an idea for Mike and Amy to pursue
later. Mike McLintock (Matt Walsh) and Amy try to get her to cry
again during an interview with a reporter to gain sympathy from
her audience and, thus, boost her approval ratings. Selina attributes
her tears to her exhaustion from being on “duty” 24/7. She quickly
relates her feelings to the people of Ohio and how tired they must
be, a move that turns out to be fortuitous in the end. Selina’s crying
scene may be reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s emotional moment
in 2008 in New Hampshire. As Rebecca Curnalia and Dorian
Mermer argue, female political candidates have to walk a fine line
between femininity and masculinity to gain favor with the public,
a concept they refer to as a “gender double bind” (27). Selina
demonstrates, however, that the public actually wants to see the
very side of a man or a woman that conventional wisdom suggests
makes them incapable of holding positions of power their
emotions. For Donald, the dominant emotion is anger.
During several debates and interviews, Donald’s red face
gets redder, he raises his voice, and he refuses to let others speak.
Many politicians and journalists claim that Donald has an anger
problem, but his success argues otherwise. In several interviews
and speeches, he strategically directs his anger toward the
government while arguing that it is not running the country
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