Why Can't Men Stop Telling Hillary Clinton To Smile?

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus took issue with her responding to serious questions without a smile.

The big news from Wednesday evening's Commander-in-Chief Forum was that NBC's Matt Lauer failed to fact-check a number of Donald Trump's blatantly false statements (such as him being opposed to the Iraq War). But another controversy from the night involved an exchange outside of the forum. 

During Hillary Clinton's time with Lauer, GOP Chairman Reince Priebus shared a thought on Twitter that implied he was less concerned about the content of her answers than that she — an experienced, accomplished, already-historical figure, but a woman nonetheless — was not smiling.

"Hillary Clinton was angry + defensive the entire time — no smile and uncomfortable — upset that she was caught wrongly sending our secrets," Priebus tweeted.

Priebus' comment echoes that of throngs of men before him. During the Democratic National Convention, an entire gaggle of dudes took to social media to reprimand one of the most powerful women on earth for not smiling or smiling too much during her speech. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough telling Clinton to "smile" because she "had a big night" during the Democratic primaries prompted Samantha Bee to launch a #SmileForJoe campaign

This time, Clinton did not take Priebus' tweet lightly. She quickly fired back: "Actually, that's just what taking the office of President seriously looks like."

Many Twitter users, too, denounced Priebus for his tweet. 

Clinton also addressed Priebus' tweet in a press conference the following day when fielding a question from a reporter.

It's 2016, guys. Stop telling women to smile — whether she's a presidential candidate or a regular person walking down the street.

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