When pressed by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo about how he had “never seen” the expression the House minority leader had on her face during Trump’s speech, Sanders gave her advice to the Democratic lawmaker: smile more often.
“I’m going to be a little bit in disagreement with you. I think Nancy Pelosi looks like that all the time,” Sanders said. “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.”
Sanders’ remarks were quickly condemned for echoing sexist sentiments. It was quickly mocked.
Sarah Sanders told Chris Cuomo that Nancy Pelosi should smile more! pic.twitter.com/uphjoMDgRt
— LIGHTNINGLADY36 (@lightninglady36) January 31, 2018
when Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Nancy Pelosi should smile more pic.twitter.com/djVLHbf6qy
— Chris Jackson (@ChrisCJackson) 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))) (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 31, 2018
Stop telling women to smile. https://t.co/ok5nJmTTMQ
— Juana Summers Markland (@jmsummers) January 31, 2018
Pelosi was not the only Democrat who had strong reactions to Trump’s State of the Union.