House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was grimacing the whole time President Trump has giving his State of the Union speech, to which White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she “should smile a lot more often,” reports USA Today.
Sanders made the comment during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo after Cuomo said he had never seen Pelosi as grim-faced as she was at President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
Sanders said she disagreed with Cuomo.
“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.”
Pelosi was far from the only stony-faced Democrat in the audience for Trump’s speech Tuesday, yet her expression was singled out by many on social media.
Nancy Pelosi with a sour puss face while Trump talks about unity. Haha 😂 #SOTU
— Millie Weaver (@Millie__Weaver) January 31, 2018
Nancy Pelosi’s face looks absolutely perplexed with rage. #SOTU
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 31, 2018
Cameramen: We need more shots of Nancy Pelosi please.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 31, 2018
Then of course, there were many on Twitter who were quick to judge Sander’s comments as well saying that she was sexist for telling women to ‘smile more.”
Stop telling women to smile. https://t.co/ok5nJmTTMQ
— Juana Summers Markland (@jmsummers) January 31, 2018
— Kay Kendall (@kayakendall) January 31, 2018
Sanders also said that a lot of people in the Democratic party look how Pelosi did and that there is this “bitterness” that surrounds the whole party. She ended by saying that Democrats face a “big decision.”
“They need to decide, Chris, do they love America more than they hate this president?” Sanders told Cuomo.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders: I think Nancy Pelosi “should smile a lot more often … she seems to kind of embody the bitterness that belongs in the Democrat party right now” https://t.co/eFCFTiHAT1
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 31, 2018