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 TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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 KusterCast and crew of 'Unbelievable' join lawmakers to advocate for reducing DNA, rape kit backlog House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment Katherine Clark quietly eyes leadership ascent 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 OmarIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar responds to 'Conservative Squad': 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll 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 KushnerTrump hosts pastor who says 'Jews are going to hell' at White House Hanukkah party Mark Levin calls Trump 'first Jewish president' Kushner pens NY Times piece defending Trump order combating anti-Semitism MORE and daughter Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day Trump hosts pastor who says 'Jews are going to hell' at White House Hanukkah party CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave 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 PelosiTrump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Sherrod Brown backs new North American trade deal: 'This will be the first trade agreement I've ever voted for' Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Turf war derails push on surprise medical bills | Bill would tax e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaign | .5M ad blitz backs vulnerable Dems on drug prices 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.