onald Trump's State of the Union address last night was perhaps the most polarizing presidential speech before it even happened. While Democrats were urged not to boycott or disrupt the event, they definitely made sure to express the begrudging nature of their attendance.
Many women in the audience wore black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement. One of those women, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also wore her emotions on her face, just like the rest of the Democrats at the State of the Union, and now she's getting flak for not smiling while Donald Trump spewed extremist speech.
It's safe to say that Donald Trump was pretty pleased with his own performance last night at the State of the Union.
As were many Republicans. His dentures stayed in the whole time, he didn’t take any embarrassing sips of water, and he elicited so many rounds of applause, the most rounds of applause, the best rounds of applause.
While Trump delivered a speech full of lies and devoid of any real acknowledgment of how divided this nation is, the standing ovations from Republicans flowed in.
He played the speech to these vague moments of conviction and managed to draw Republicans’ attention away from the fact that he didn’t actually propose concrete policies for any of the issues on which he took so hard a stance.
But the Democrats in the audience didn't fall for Trump's ruse. They sat back as people like Ted Cruz — who the president insulted wildly during the campaign — stood and whooped.
Trump exploited families, particularly a black family who’d lost two daughters, to push his anti-immigration beliefs and his aggressive policy with regard to North Korea.
He twisted the experiences of these real, grieving people to justify violence and discrimination toward so many others.
So no, the Democrats weren't smiling throughout his speech.
People took particular notice of Nancy Pelosi’s “not impressed” face while the affair marched on. Forgive the House Minority Leader if she didn’t look thrilled to be listening to the world’s worst president deny the true state of the union and perpetuate hate during his State of the Union.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders appeared on CNN on Wednesday morning to discuss the speech, and while she was there thought she'd offer up the pettiest of petty, most sexist of sexist criticisms of Nancy Pelosi:
CNN’s Chris Cuomo commented on the divided nature of the room during the State of the Union and said he’s never seen Nancy Pelosi’s face like that.
“I’m going to be a little bit in disagreement with you,” Huckabee Sanders responded, “I think Nancy Pelosi looks like that all the time. I think she should smile a lot more often. I think the country would be better for it.”
The Internet, including me, was immediately like, “Girllllll, hold my earrings.”