A Wednesday interview with Sarah Huckabee Sanders prompted women to take to Twitter and call out the White House press secretary for embracing the sexist trope that women should smile more.
During the interview with Chris Cuomo, Sanders called out Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and said that she should “smile more.” The demand is often referenced by women as a demand primarily made by men to look pretty and feel what they want them to feel.
Twitter went nuts:
Referring to Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Huckabee Sanders says on CNN:
“I think she should smile a lot more often. I think the country would be better for it.
“She seems to kind of embody the bitterness that belongs in the Democrat party right now.” https://t.co/D5tPejUkT7
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) January 31, 2018
Nancy Pelosi "should smile a lot more often," @presssec says on CNN. "I think the country would be better for it."
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 31, 2018
Sarah Sanders thinks Pelosi “should smile a lot more often”??? Because… you know… women who smile are more attractive and nice to be around.
What a backwards bunch of misogynistic crap. https://t.co/xDifmemMvV
— Media Baldwin (@mediabaldwin) January 31, 2018
I think Sarah Huckabee Sanders should lie less. I think the country would be better for it. https://t.co/iZrozlNED4
— ((())) (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 31, 2018
Stop telling women to smile. https://t.co/ok5nJmTTMQ
— Juana Summers Markland (@jmsummers) January 31, 2018
Sarah Sanders telling Nancy Pelosi to smile more is just the embodiment of everything wrong with the GOP.
— Jami Buchanan (@JamiBuch) January 31, 2018
Sarah Sanders, on CNN with Chris Cuomo, just said that Nancy Pelosi 'always looks like that' and 'should smile more, the country would be better for it'. That's the Press Secretary commenting on a Congresswoman's looks! Nothing about this administration is normal. Despicable!
— Funky Cold Edema (@lola_patty) January 31, 2018
Omg Sarah Sanders just said Nancy Pelosi needs to smile more. Jesus. You can go fuck right off.
— Amy (@bunnyhugger75) January 31, 2018
Sarah Sanders just said that “Nancy Pelosi should smile more.” On CNN. Fuck off. She doesn’t have to smile more. We have an incompetent asshat as a president.
— Steph LeStrange (@thegingerpire) January 31, 2018
In case anyone still thinks only men are the problem, @PressSec Sarah Sanders on @CNN just now: “I think @NancyPelosi looks like that [the face she was allegedly making during #SOTU] all the time. She should smile more often.”
— Emma Raviv (@eraviv) January 31, 2018
Am I the only one that finds it appalling that Sarah Sanders said Nancy Pelosi should smile more?
— mary ellen taylor (@emme6) January 31, 2018
Gotta love the irony of Sarah Sanders, a woman whose face is set in a permanent scowl, saying that Nancy Pelosi "needs to smile more".
— neen (@the_ns) January 31, 2018
She wants my rep to smile more. I want Sarah Sanders to lie less. I think the country would be better off for it. https://t.co/BRKk16uf5P
— Susanne Hilty (@susanne_hilty) January 31, 2018
Time to bust out my favorite gif ever:
Smile for Sarah Sanders, ladies…do it for your country. pic.twitter.com/HGZaNKpZtl
— LeLu (@amyislu) January 31, 2018
Sarah Huckabee Sanders should have a coke and a smile and stfu
— CircassianDaughter (@Circassian373) January 31, 2018
— Kay Kendall (@kayakendall) January 31, 2018
Sanders is SUCH a big smiler that she can criticize someone else?????
Besides, only fascists want to smile as they watch their country's democracy being drowned by fascism.
— Dragonspeak (@DragnBNotSilent) January 31, 2018
Yikes! I think Sarah Sanders was talking about Melania not Nancy Pelosi when she said she needed to smile more.
— Finn 🇫🇮 (@lisamia596) January 31, 2018
I think Sarah Sanders should smile a lot more often … she seems to kind of embody the bitterness that belongs in the Republican party right now. You do a disservice every time you take the podium abuse the free press. Style points to your stylist this morning.
— calee123 (@calee123) January 31, 2018