She was speaking at the Professional Business Women of California Conference on Tuesday night when she made the comments.
“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.”
Clinton was referring to an incident that took place in the White House Press Room earlier that day, when Ryan sought to ask White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a question. When Spicer deflected and attempted to evade her question, Ryan shook her head. “Stop shaking your head,” he said.
“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,” he said. He then added, for a second time, “I’m sorry, please stop shaking your head again.”
Clinton also called out Bill O’Reilly, who she said “was taunted with a racist joke about her hair.”
Monday night on Fox News, O’Reilly said he “didn’t hear a word” of what Maxine Waters said while speaking on the House floor because he was focused on “the James Brown wig.” O’Reilly has since apologized.