Ever eager to find any reason to criticize, conservatives have been buzzing about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s serious face during the nastier parts of Trump’s State of the Union address. Even more moderate conservatives apparently think that the young new congresswoman should only be smiling all the time.
And good natured with the white jackets, who I see some on twitter are calling the straight jackets. AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss. 2.— Peggy Noonan (@Peggynoonannyc) February 6, 2019
And she’s so much prettier when she smiles, right Peggy?
In classic form, AOC is refusing to bow to sexist norms and hit back at this take by Peggy Noonan, former Special Assistant to Reagan and current right-leaning political commentator.
Why should I be “spirited and warm” for this embarrassment of a #SOTU?— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 6, 2019
Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future.
We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact. https://t.co/7bu3QXFMnC
AOC later told the New York Post that she would not be apologizing for NoSmileGate and suggested that Republicans could go suck a lemon. “They can get used to it because I won’t be smiling for this president anytime soon,” she said.
It also would just be creepy to spend the entire one hour and 20-minute speech sitting there and smiling like a maniac, right?
Conservatives are also conveniently forgetting how often Republicans refused to stand, smile, or clap during many parts of Obama’s State of the Union addresses. Nobody called John Boehner “sullen” for having a frownie face while the former President was speaking.
It’s pretty much to be expected at this point that the party in opposition to the President is not going to be all happy smiles and good times at the State of the Union. In 2018, after Trump literally called Democrats “treasonous” for refusing to stand and clap every time he finished a sentence, Anderson Cooper had to hold a segment showing Republican refusal to clap for Obama at previous SOTUs. “Isn’t this just what happens every time?” Cooper asked analysists. The answer is yes.
At least nobody screamed “you lie” at Trump last night.
Unfortunately, conservatives are already piling on AOC’s straightforward response to make all kinds of tired accusations, but her fans aren’t having it.
You don’t know how polls work, do you?— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) February 6, 2019
If a person is such a bag of sh**, only bags of sh** will watch his speech, that tends to skew the numbers.
Barely anyone under 40 watches all these corporate owned channels— Ananya (@ananyatui) February 7, 2019
Seriously, these comments on this tweet shows what’s wrong with America.— Ida Skibenes ❄️ (@ida_skibenes) February 6, 2019
Learn the difference between socialism and social democracy before you rant about things you clearly know nothing about.
How's it comin' along gettin' all that iodine out of those faux show sox? Aw-Oh, they're now Pink-O? Guess your brownshirt bonafides are gonna be called into question, but can you possibly move any further to the fascist side to shore up the support of your duped listeners? Dunno— Paul Garrett (@PaulGarrettATX) February 7, 2019
It’s not about the number of jobs, it’s about the quality of jobs he is providing, anyone can work in factories, doesn’t mean it’s a good job.— Gabby (@mercado_gabby) February 6, 2019
Seeing the replies it's hard not to believe America is doomed. So many people reply just to be assholes, unaware of their stupidity. Hurtling to a future of domination by an elite class taking everything they can produce and they cheer, fighting the very people protecting them— Michelle 🇦🇺🇿🇦🇺🇸🌊💖 (@michy3691) February 7, 2019
Peggy Noonan is from the generation of women who were programmed to be polite, quiet and supportive of men. Those days are over-you be your authentic self and lead the way. We will be heard!— Sparky77 (@Sparky7712) February 6, 2019
Yep historic, with tons of lies, exaggeration, and heavy breathing.— PursuitofJustice (@Mission2Justice) February 7, 2019
"Smile, honey" - Peggy Noonan— Brandi Buchman (@BBuchman_CNS) February 6, 2019
“Effect.”— Theel (@emorytheel) February 7, 2019
They also had some choice words for Peggy.
Ma'am this is an Arby's— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) February 6, 2019
Okay, show us your best “pleased to have my rights rolled back” smile— Danette Todd Chavez 🥶 (@BonMotVivant) February 7, 2019
And further she was excellent on the analysis programs. I'd be pissed if I had to sit through his rally speech. This is our country and he was unprepared. She called it like it was. Peggy, your republicanism is is old full view.— JEFSantamonica (@JEFSantaMonica) February 6, 2019
Drives you nuts how beloved @AOC is, and how forgotten you are She's the future, a woman with guts and smarts mastering words in a way you never could, the new queen of the media. You are the past, and an amoral fool for defending a monster.— Amy Holden Jones (@aholdenj) February 6, 2019
Ah yes, the good old "she should smile more" retort to whenever women have the gall to express an opinion that isn't warm and fuzzy.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 6, 2019
Meanwhile, male Senators can scream like four year olds throwing tantrums and they're considered statesmen.
You win a Pulitzer for commentary and this is the best you can do? You sound bitter and envious. It's a terrible look for a grown up.— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 6, 2019
She didn't want to compete with this little ray of sunshine pic.twitter.com/vbZ16rndgI— Jocelyn Plums (@ColoradoUgly) February 6, 2019
The 1950's called and they want their comment back.— Luis ⚽️🦅 (@thegreat35t) February 6, 2019
Perhaps if she would have smiled more, crossed her legs and offered to get all the old republicans coffee she would have seemed much more likable and deserving for her place in that chamber.— Dawn a Female Assistant 👩🏻⚖️ (@Truth08168336) February 6, 2019
In one tweet you've managed to fulfill both the stereotype of a hack journalist complaining about a female politicians "likeability", and an out of touch baby boomer calling a 29 year old woman "teenaged". It's a masterpiece of terrible.— AB (@Rafikistree) February 7, 2019
Next up, conservatives complaining that you can see AOC’s ankles and asking her why she hasn’t had kids yet.