Female House lawmakers 'raise roof' after Trump touts their victories

Democratic women decked out in white to honor the suffragette movement stood up and hollered and cheered Tuesday night when President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness, ballots and battling opioids: Why the Universal Postal Union benefits the US Sanders supporters cry foul over Working Families endorsement of Warren California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE used his State of the Union address to tout gains in the workforce by women under his administration. 

"No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year," Trump said.

At that, women on the Democratic side of the aisle started to rise, and began to applaud one another in an acknowledgment of their victories in the midterm elections.

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) gave air high-fives to her female colleagues and Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterHouse Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE (D-N.H.) was seen "raising the roof" following his comments. 

Democrats won back the House after a record number of women ran for and were elected to office. The 116th Congress has 127 female lawmakers.

Trump nodded his head after the Democratic women began to sit down. 

"You weren't supposed to do that," he ad libbed as the cameras in the House cut to Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTrump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally Omar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mich.), the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

"Thank you very much," Trump said. "All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before."

At that point, Trump paused, and after a smattering of applause, the Democratic women again stood to applaud one another.

As they sat down, Trump said: "Don't sit you're going to like this" to laughter from the audience.

"At exactly one century, after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before."

That led to more applause, and cameras caught the president's son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Arrests at southern border drop to 64K in August MORE and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump awards Yankees legend Mariano Rivera the Medal of Freedom The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico 2020 is not a family affair, for a change MORE standing from the gallery, both smiling broadly.

It was a departure from earlier in the speech, when Democratic women generally held their applause.

Some on social media who enjoyed Trump getting the silent treatment from Dems shared photos of House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence says it's 'vital' for Congress to pass US-Mexico-Canada trade deal The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to California Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE (D-Calif.) and social media savvy freshman Ocasio-Cortez reacting to Trump's message. 

Critics, however, slammed the lawmakers for not clapping while Trump touted the nation's high employment.

Dana Loesch, spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association, said it was “weird” to see the white-clad Democrats refusing to clap for “those lifted off food stamps.”

“Judging by their reaction these are bad things,” Loesch wrote.