Hillary Clinton Burns Priebus, RNC At Press Conference

The Democratic presidential nominee had just participated at a national security forum hosted by NBC.

At a press conference on Thursday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton fired back at RNC Chair Reince Priebus, who had tweeted that Clinton looked “uncomfortable” and had “no smile”.

Priebus made the comment over Twitter on Wednesday:

[Hillary Clinton] was angry + defensive the entire time – no smile and uncomfortable – upset that she was caught wrongly sending our secrets.

When asked about Priebus’ tweet at a Thursday press conference, Clinton said she doesn’t take anything the Republican National Committee does seriously:

“I don’t take [RNC] advice and I don’t take anything seriously that comes from the RNC.”

A Sexist Double-Standard?

Some believe Priebus’ comments highlight a sexist double-standard.

Charles Johnson, editor-in-chief of Little Green Footballs, immediately took issue with Priebus’ tweet, going so far as to call it “exactly why the GOP is seen as the party of misogynistic cavemen”. The problem, feminism tells us, lies in a sexist double-standard: while men are free to grimace, women are expected to put on a happy face—lest they be labeled a bitch.

The phrase is commonly used to harass women on the street, notes the website stoptellingwomentosmile.com, which displays street art to create a “bold presence for women in an environment where they are so often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe.”

“Once, I was walking down the street and a man told me to smile,” says Natasha, who participates in an online focus group, “in the kind of way that made it obvious he was trying to hit on me. He was a complete stranger. It was creepy.”

“When I was a bartender”, writes Erin, “I was constantly told to smile more because while I smiled when speaking with customers I usually had a blank face when pouring drinks or cleaning tables.”

“My male coworkers were almost never told the same so it did come off as pretty sexist in that since I was female I was required to constantly be happy when the males weren’t. I didn’t usually take offense though because I knew what I was doing when I started bartending and if I were to get offended every time I wouldn’t make it a whole shift without losing it. That’s not to say it’s right just that I didn’t have the time or energy to get offended after being told to smile by almost everyone at the bar at least once.”

This is hardly the first time Clinton has been advised to bare her teeth. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough told her to do so after primary day, earning him the ire of comedian (comedienne is so old-fashioned) and talk-show host Samantha Bee.

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