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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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 KusterGOP lawmaker draws backlash for telling Democratic colleague to 'shut up' during heated ObamaCare debate On Trump's big night, Democratic congresswomen in white stole the spotlight Trump gets dose of new political reality at State of the Union 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 OmarOmar mocks Trump's claims of 'presidential harassment': 'Just lived through one!' The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Georgia freshman Dem does not list Omar donation on election filing MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Mueller report poses new test for Dems Dems plan Monday call on Mueller report: 'Congress will not be silent' 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 KushnerMueller considered charging campaign aides in Trump Tower meeting but lacked evidence There could be a turning point in Israeli-Palestinian peace effort Durbin calls Mueller report findings on Trump team 'troubling' MORE and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpOn The Money: Cain 'very committed' to Fed bid despite opposition | Pelosi warns no US-UK trade deal if Brexit harms Irish peace | Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump says she turned down World Bank job Ivanka Trump mourns dead in Ethiopian jet crash 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiBoth sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020 Elijah Cummings: 'I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on' Angus King: 'Mueller passed the obstruction question to the Congress and Barr intercepted the pass' 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.