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 PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell 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 Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes victory lap after strong jobs report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Ill.).

Pressley's tweet was apparently directed at the Twitter accounts that mocked lawmakers during President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report 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 LawrenceFormer Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says public health threat of loneliness compounded by COVID-19; Trump says task force will 'evolve' Black Caucus moves to front and center in COVID fight House reverses, but Senate to return despite COVID threat 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.