Men telling women to “smile more” is perhaps one of the most commonly used sexist tropes out there.
Following the first time Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton shared a stage with her Republican rival Donald Trump on NBC’s Commander-In-Chief Forum, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus slammed Clinton for not smiling more — because she should have been less angry when outlining her strategy to defeat terrorist threats, obviously.
@HillaryClinton was angry + defensive the entire time - no smile and uncomfortable - upset that she was caught wrongly sending our secrets.— Reince Priebus (@Reince) September 8, 2016
His tweet perfectly represents what it is like to be a female politician, even in this day and age, and run for the highest office in the country.
People interpreted Priebus’ comment as a misogynistic attack on Clinton, which it so clearly is.
However, the White House hopeful had the perfect mic-drop response to the GOP head’s criticism:
Actually, that’s just what taking the office of President seriously looks like. https://t.co/Pyn92mesom— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 8, 2016
Twitterati had a lot to say about Priebus’ remarks:
"Smile more! Be more upbeat!"— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) September 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton is running for President, not Miss America.
Imagine being an adult in 2016 and still not knowing how obnoxious women find it when you tell women they should smile— Erin Gloria Ryan (@morninggloria) September 8, 2016
@Reince You're right, though, when a commander in chief-to-be is discussing terrorism, combat forces, etc., she should smile more.— Matt Shaw (@NotMattShaw) September 8, 2016
Seriously, every woman who reads that Reince Priebus “smile” tweet will mentally kick him in the dick with high heels.— Tinder Left Swipe (@Johngcole) September 8, 2016
Sadly, this is not the first time a Republican male lawmaker has told Clinton to smile more. After her triumph on Super Tuesday during the presidential primaries earlier this year, former Republican Congressman and current MSNBC host, Joe Scarborough, tweeted pretty much the same thing.
Smile. You just had a big night. #PrimaryDay— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 16, 2016
Not too long ago, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward also criticized Clinton's tone of voice in a sexist rant.
Radio host Sean Hannity once characterized the former first lady's voice as "angry, bitter screaming” while discussing her speech on “The Sean Hannity Show.”
Will they ever learn?