President Donald Trump walked right into one during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
In a section of his speech about the economy, Trump said, “No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly-created jobs last year.”
Following a brief pause, the Democratic side of Congress began cheering and gesturing wildly toward the freshmen Democratic congresswomen, many of whom were dressed in white to honor suffragists.
“You weren’t supposed to do that!” said Trump after long applause. Last year, 117 women were sent to Congress, bringing the total number of female lawmakers to 127 at the time Trump gave his speech. The cheers signified that some of the newly-created jobs were women who helped shift the balance of power in the House of Representatives.
But the president then provided another opening for Democrats to troll him seconds later when he claimed “All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before,” which led to more raucous applause and “raise the roof” gestures from Democrats in the chamber.
The 116th Congress contains more women than any other in U.S. history.
The Democratic congresswomen dressed in white posed for pictures on Capitol Hill before the president’s speech.
We’re going to need a bigger staircase. pic.twitter.com/skNg9thrD0
— Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (@RepMGS) February 5, 2019
But wearing white and bringing guests who have been impacted by Trump’s policies weren’t the only ways Democrats sent messages during the State of the Union. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wore pins with images of Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin, a seven-year-old migrant who died in the custody of Trump’s government last year.
— Julissa Arce (@julissaarce) February 6, 2019
We are bringing Jakelin Caal into the room with us during the #SOTU.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) February 5, 2019