While speaking at a Professional Business Women of California session in San Francisco, Hillary Clinton rushed to the defense of a White House reporter and a Democratic lawmaker, citing them as examples of the “indignities” faced by “women who were simply doing their jobs.”
‘Just look at all that’s happened in the last few days to women who were simply doing their jobs. April Ryan, a respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon in the White House press room when she was patronized and cut off trying to ask a question.’
The incident that Clinton was referring to was an exchange between Ryan, a reporter for the American Urban Radio Network, and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. During the press conference, Spicer told Ryan to “stop shaking your head” as she was asking a question.
Spicer went on to accuse Ryan of attempting to paint the Trump administration in a negative light.
‘April, hold on, it seems like you’re hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.’
Spicer, Trump, and other members of the administration have frequently accused members of the press of pushing some sort of agenda so Spicer’s comments are not particular surprising.
Clinton also addressed a recent episode where Fox News host Bill O’Reily attacked Maxine Waters’s (D-Calif.) over her hair which the pundit called a “James Brown wig.”
‘One of our own California congressmen Maxine Waters was taunted with a racist joke about her hair. Too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride. But why should we have to? And any woman who thinks this couldn’t be directed at her is living in a dream world.’
O’Reily’s comments are perhaps more troubling than Spicer’s simply because Spicer’s at least appeared to be motivated by a disagreement over something substantial. O’Reilly’s comments regarding Water’s hair had nothing to do with her political views or policy related issues. It was simply an attack on her appearance.
Watch Clinton’s comments below, via Twitter:
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