Hillary Clinton took a moment at the Professional Business Women of California conference in San Francisco to defend both a White House reporter and Democratic lawmaker, who made headlines on Tuesday after being criticized by men. “Any woman who thinks this couldn’t be directed at her is living in a dream world,” Clinton said on Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly got himself in hot water after he said that he “didn’t hear a word” of Democratic House rep. Maxine Waters’ speech against Donald Trump and the president’s staunchest supporters because of her “James Brown wig.”
O’Reilly was accused of racism on Twitter — Clinton agreed.
“One of your own California Congresswomen, Maxine Waters, was taunted with a racist joke about her hair,” Clinton said. “Too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride.”
Clinton also defended American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan, who was told during Tuesday’s White House briefing to “stop shaking your head” by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The former Democratic nominee for president slammed Spicer’s actions as patronizing.
“Just look at all that’s happened in the last few days to women who were simply doing their jobs,” Clinton said. “April Ryan, an immensely respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon, and she was patronized and cut off as she tried to ask a question.”
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