QUESTION: Does Anyone Really Care How ‘Normal’ Their Presidential Candidate is?

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 7.51.06 AMThe fact that a person is running to be the president of the United States of America already makes them not normal. So why should politicians prove to be ‘authentic’ or try to ‘keep it real’? Give us your thoughts below.

By Sam Sanders

The things they do for love.

Politicians will eat almost any food, adopt any colloquialism, endure any level of awkward — just to seem “authentic.”

The latest example? Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, riding the New York subway through the Bronx, saying hi to babies and taking selfies along the way.

Depending on your point of view, the event — and it was an event — could be viewed as either a shining testament to Clinton’s New York bona fides, or just the latest example of how out of touch she is.

Here’s how it all happened.

Earlier this week, in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Daily News, Bernie Sanders admitted to thinking New York City subway-riders still use tokens to get on the train. (They don’t. Since 2003, cards have been used.)

Soon after, Clinton boarded the subway herself, seemingly to out-New York Sanders. (Both have roots in the state: Sanders was born in Brooklyn and lived there for a few years in his youth. Clinton served as U.S. senator from New York for eight years, and still lives in the state.)

Clinton came to the train with Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. and an extensive security detail. From the start, things didn’t go as planned. It took Clinton five swipes just to get through the turnstile (three more swipes than stops in Clinton’s actual ride.)

On the train, Clinton tried to engage a young woman with headphones on. That woman was not impressed.

CNN reported that at Clinton’s second stop, one passenger, “surrounded by media and nervous Secret Service agents, proclaimed that she needed to get off the train.” That passenger ended up missing her stop. (#ThanksHillary.)

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