WASHINGTON – As President Donald Trump highlighted the number of women who now have jobs thanks to his administration, the record number of Democratic women elected to Congress last year rose to their feet and cheered.
The moment during Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night allowed for a rare bipartisan moment, and the president then acknowledged the historic number of women who now serve in Congress, many of whom are Democrats pressing for investigations into his presidency.
Trump noted the state of the economy, detailing that “no one has benefited more from a thriving economy than women who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year.”
Many of the freshman Democrats, who were elected to the House during the midterm elections in November, rose to their feet.
The women, many wearing white, cheered and raised their arms in the air, drawing all eyes in the House chamber.
“You weren’t supposed to do that,” Trump said, stopping his speech.
Then, Trump told the group of women lawmakers to keep standing: “Don’t sit yet. You’re going to like this.”
“We also have more women serving in Congress than in any time before,” the president noted, highlighting the new group of female lawmakers who have challenged him, one even calling for his impeachment.
The women rose to their feet again, many waving their hands in the air and giving high-fives to one another.
The rest of crowd, which included members of Trump’s Cabinet and Republicans in both chambers of Congress, also started cheering and chanting “USA! USA!”
“That’s great,” Trump said. “Congratulations.”
The moment allowed for everyone – on both sides of the aisle – to share in applauding the work of women in a political atmosphere that has grown increasingly divided.
This year, a total of 127 women are serving in Congress, including 106 Democrats. The midterm elections also allowed for a record number of minorities to be elected.
More: Fact check: What Trump said (and didn’t) during his State of the Union address
More: Read President Trump’s full State of the Union address
The chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, Florida Rep. Lois Frankel, encouraged members to wear white to this year’s State of the Union address as a shoutout to voters who handed Democrats a majority in the House in the midterm elections. It was also meant to serve as a reminder that they plan to make women’s economic security a priority.