Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested on CNN Tuesday night that Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi ought to "smile more," because she was beginning to "embody the bitterness" Sanders sees coming from the Democratic party.
The Left, which views any suggestion to women as inherently sexist, was obviously not enthusiastic.
Speaking as one of the State of the Union analysts on CNN, Sanders decided to give a bit of advice to Pelosi, who was repeatedly caught on camera scowling. She was busted so many times, several on Twitter claimed that she was actually playing with something inside her mouth, because otherwise it would be difficult to hold that mug for such a long time.
"I think she should smile a lot more often. I think the country would be better for it," Sanders said. “She seems to kind of embody the bitterness that belongs in the Democrat party right now."
The Democrats were the party of bitterness Tuesday night, refusing to stand even when the president entered the joint session — something that's traditionally been a point of etiquette even in times of partisan disagreement. But, of course, Sanders's suggestion wasn't received as a critique of impotent Democratic anger, but rather as pure, unadulterated sexism.
If a man had said this, we'd be up in arms. It doesn't make it OK because Sanders is a woman. This comment is gross and uncalled for. https://t.co/YrBaM3D9WF— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) January 31, 2018
There's a special place in hell for women who tell other women to just smile more. https://t.co/NwlZDTvAYK— Carrot (@FreedomCarrot) January 31, 2018
Feminists and their allies immediately declared Huckabee Sanders "fair game."
And others, perhaps missing both Sanders' point and their colleagues', suggested that it was Sanders who needed to smile more.
Sarah is always so **happy** on the job, so why can't Nancy Pelosi smile more?https://t.co/BT4d5lJ7lf— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) January 31, 2018
Of course, it's not sexist when they do it.