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 Pressley'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' Trump ramps up attacks on Tlaib Trump slams Tlaib after press conference on Israel ban: I don't buy her tears 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 Morning Report - Trump hews to NRA on guns and eyes lower taxes Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment Hillicon Valley: Capital One faces investigation over massive breach | DHS warns of cyber vulnerability in small aircraft | Senate bill would ban 'addictive' social media features MORE (D-Ill.).

Pressley's tweet was apparently directed at the Twitter accounts that mocked lawmakers during President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 LawrenceMichigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation Democrats warn of Trump trap Democratic lawmaker: 'I love America even though at times she didn't love me back' 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.