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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, smiles as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, delivers a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
“No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year,” the president said, prompting groups of Democratic lawmakers, who were dressed in white to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote, to stand and applaud each other.
Trump responded by telling them that they “weren’t supposed to do that” and thanked the audience for its response.
Twitter users seized on the irony of the comments, remarking that the Democratic congresswomen’s standing ovation was a sarcastic response to Trump claiming the credit for the new jobs.
Others said Trump had not intended his comments to be associated with the electoral success of the congresswomen — although Trump then referenced the fact that there were now more women serving in Congress than ever before. This sparked rapturous applause, high-fives and more chants of “USA, USA.”
Some speculated on whether Trump’s daughter Tiffany intentionally wore white, the same color of female Democrats, out of solidarity with them. She was also spotted sitting away from Melania and Ivanka Trump, who were both wearing more muted attire.