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 PressleyCarson invokes abortion in Twitter response to jab from Omar House Democrat slams Ben Carson over Oreo confusion: 'My questions were serious' WHIP LIST: Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump 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 UnderwoodDem rep: 'Evidence is clear' that migrant child deaths are 'intentional' Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad campaign to protect 20 House Dems Booker, Ayanna Pressley introduce bill taking aim at black maternal death rates MORE (D-Ill.).

Pressley's tweet was apparently directed at the Twitter accounts that mocked lawmakers during President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 LawrenceLawmakers celebrate 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote Overnight Energy: Interior chief says climate response falls on Congress | Bernhardt insists officials will complete offshore drilling plans | Judge rules EPA must enforce Obama landfill pollution rules Trump Interior chief says climate change response falls on Congress 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.