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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 TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' 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.

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Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) gave air high-fives to her female colleagues and Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterPelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief 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 OmarProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Trump says he doesn't actually want Whitmer, Biden and Obama to be locked up despite chants MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' Ocasio-Cortez hits Trump for 'disrespect' over calling her AOC during debates Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream 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.

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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 KushnerIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Kushner friend arrested on cyberstalking charges Chris Wallace teases Sunday interview with 'bestie' Ice Cube MORE and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Trump slams Facebook, Twitter for limiting spread of New York Post's Biden story OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump creates federal council on global tree planting initiative | Green group pushes for answers on delayed climate report | Carbon dioxide emissions may not surpass 2019 levels until 2027: analysis 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 PelosiOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight 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.”

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