Dem responds to ‘trolls’ who said wearing white made female lawmakers look like nurses

Dem responds to ‘trolls’ who said wearing white made female lawmakers look like nurses
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Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBeto could give Biden and Bernie a run for their money Pelosi says she backs lowering voting age to 16 America has a democracy problem MORE (D-Mass.) fired back at online "trolls" Wednesday who she said were mocking Democratic lawmakers who wore white at Tuesday's State of the Union address in honor of the suffragettes.

In a tweet, the freshman Massachusetts congresswoman took aim at critics who compared the all-white outfits to nurses' uniforms, saying that Democrats were indeed nurses prepared to "cure what ails this country!"

"Trolls asking, "Who were all those #nurses on the floor last night?" in response to a sea of #suffragist white. Your fake query & sarcasm was meant as an insult. But, guess what? We love & value our #nurses & we are 100% here to cure what ails this country! Right, @RepUnderwood?" she tweeted, tagging fellow congresswoman Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Dems seek relief for worried taxpayers in tough filing season Dem lawmaker inspires social media users to share selfies in their glasses MORE (D-Ill.).

Pressley's tweet was apparently directed at the Twitter accounts that mocked lawmakers during President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE's State of the Union address, which took place Tuesday night.

Former Trump campaign press secretary Katrina Pierson, in a widely-shared tweet, also appeared to liken the white suffragette-themed outfits to Ku Klux Klan uniforms.


Pressley's office didn't immediately return a request for comment Wednesday evening on other messages the congresswoman had received about the outfits.

Dozens of congressional lawmakers including at least one male lawmaker, Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), wore white to the annual speech by the president on Tuesday following a press conference from the Democratic Women's Working Group.

"Today we stand together wearing white in solidarity with the women of the suffrage movement who refused to take no for an answer," said Rep. Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceTop moments from the Cohen hearing Dem blasts Meadows for bringing black Trump official to challenge racism accusations Dem lawmaker says Trump administration has kicked ethics standards 'to the curb' MORE (D-Mich.), one of the caucus's leaders.

"To an administration that has closed its eyes to women, we will be seen," she added.