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Written by Jimmy Mahaney
Two professors Maria Guadalupe of INSEAD and Joe Salvatore came together to reenact one of the presidential debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The catch is that it would be gender-swapped. Maria Guadalupe who came up with the idea is an associate professor of economics and political science. Joe Salvatore who played the role of male Hillary Clinton is a clinical associate professor of educational theater at NYU.
Salvatore stated their hypothesis as to what would happen by saying “assuming that the gender inversion would confirm what they’d each suspected watching the real-life debates: that Trump’s aggression—his tendency to interrupt and attack—would never be tolerated in a woman, and that Clinton’s competence and preparedness would seem even more convincing coming from a man.”
Brenda King was deemed to be the name of the female Trump while Jonathan Gordon was the male Hillary Clinton. The results of the project came out differently. The Brenda King did not come across as off-putting to many of the audience members while Clinton supporters struggled to find what they liked about Hillary Clinton after looking at the Jonathan Gordon. As a matter of fact, the male Hillary Clinton was described as “granting” and “having a punchable face due to all the smiling.”
“Most of the people there had watched the debates assuming that Ms. Clinton couldn’t lose, this time they watched trying to figure out how Mr. Trump could have won.”
Here’s a two minute segment from the debate: