Nancy Pelosi wore white in support of women’s rights at the joint session of Congress
Female Democrats attacked President Donald Trump by wearing white in a powerful show of unity to honor women’s suffrage as he made his first address to a Joint Session of Congress.
The homage to their heroines was led by minority leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi who says Trump doesn’t support women’s rights.
Pelosi tweeted: ‘Tonight, our Democratic #WomenWearWhite in support of women’s rights – in spite of a @POTUS who doesn’t!’
During the 60-minute speech where Trump vowed ‘I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength’, the female Democrats could be seen giving the President the thumbs down when he brought up repealing and replacing Obamacare.
Trump said: ‘Obamacare is collapsing and we must act decisively to protect all Americans.’
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Thumbs down: Democrat women dressed in white in defense of women’s rights gesture at President Donald Trump when he spoke about repealing Obamacare
‘So I am calling on all Democrats and Republicans in the Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster.’
Some of the 66 women serving in the House and four non-voting delegates also wore blue ‘save Obamacare’ buttons and ACLU ribbons in defiance of President Trump’s travel ban.
Hillary Clinton wore all white at Trump’s inauguration. Many assumed this was also an homage to suffragettes. She also wore a white pantsuit during one of the presidential debates.
Pelosi released a statement after Trump’s address further blasting the president. She said: ‘The President’s speech was utterly disconnected from the cruel reality of his conduct.
‘The President speaks like a populist, but he is selling working people down the river to Wall Street. He claims that he’s making America safer, but he has jeopardized the security of our country and weakened our fight against terror with his Administration’s dangerous, incompetent and unconstitutional actions.
‘The Trump Administration has spent 40 days putting Wall Street first, making America sick again, sowing fear in our communities, and ensuring Russia maintains its grip on our security and our democracy. Democrats will continue to lead the fight against President Trump’s bait-and-switch assault on America.’
Throughout his speech she was seen shaking her head. Only a few months ago, many representatives rescinded their support for Trump as the Republican nominee because of lewd comments he made about women.
Several Democrat representatives tweeted that they would wear white to the joint session of Congress in honor of suffragettes
Not impressed: Senator Bernie Sanders was also seen looking thoroughly unhappy with what President Trump was saying Tuesday
Hillary Clinton wears white during a presidential debate. Tuesday, democrat women representatives wore white to honor suffragettes
Democrats have accused Trump of wanting to roll back abortion rights. He has said he wants to defund Planned Parenthood and has consistently said he wants to nominate a pro-life Supreme Court pick.
At one point during his campaign, he said he wanted to punish women who had abortions. Trump has since backtracked on that statement.
Beyond abortion, President Trump proposed to cut funding for Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants which aids victims of domestic abuse.
Florida Representative Lois Frankel tweeted: ‘Tonight, Democratic Members will wear suffragette white to oppose Republican attempts to roll back women’s progress #WomenWearWhite’
Democrat women wore white as homage to suffragettes at the joint session of Congress
Minority Leader Rep Nancy Pelosi gestures as she waits for President Donald Trump to address a joint session of Congress
Florida Representative Lois Frankel tweeted this photo saying the color was intended ‘to oppose Republican attempts to roll back women’s progress’
Lois Frankel referenced Trump’s stances on women’s healthcare before the speech. The representatives gave the President a thumbs down when he spoke about repealing the ACA
Nancy Pelosi tweeted: ‘Tonight, our Democratic #WomenWearWhite in support of women’s rights — in spite of a @POTUS who doesn’t!’
Nancy Pelosi’s team released live reactions to President Trump’s address to Congress
After the speech, Senator Bernie Sanders said Republicans are ‘not so cocky anymore about simply repealing Obamacare’
Trump started his speech with a claim on the role of political peacemaker, saying he wanted to bring Americans who voted for him together with those who didn’t
House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sanchez told the Los Angeles Times: ‘It’s really important to show that what candidate Trump said about women and the way that he has behaved toward women in the past is not an acceptable standard for a president.’
‘We want a visual reminder to him that suffragettes wore white and we are not going to let him take us backward. We are not going to let men dictate the choices that we have in our lives. We are not going to stand for a president that doesn’t respect us and take our perspective into account.’
It wasn’t only the Democrat women who took a stand against Trump. During the speech, Senator Bernie Sanders was seen giving the president an exasperated look.
Then after the speech, Sanders ripped into him for stirring up fear and hatred. But he also pointed to hope for the Democrat party.
He said in a Facebook video: ‘Since the beginning of this year, we have seen unprecedented grassroots energy .. The Republicans are getting very worried.’
‘They’re not so cocky anymore about simply repealing Obamacare and they should be worried. The American people are standing up And they’re saying, no you’re not going to repeal the Affordable Care Act .. you’re going to improve it.’