In a silent protest against President Trump’s administration, Democratic congresswomen wore white during Tuesday’s State of the Union address — excluding several high-profile lawmakers whose different-colored wardrobe choices caused confusion on social media.
Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wore a bright teal jacket, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema dressed in hot pink, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar wore purple, and California’s Kamala Harris and New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand were sleek in black.
To Twitter, the bold colors were in opposition to the suffragist movement of the early 20th century that modern-day lawmakers honored Tuesday with their white clothing. Lois Frankel, a Florida congresswoman and chair of the House Democratic Women’s Working Group had suggested women dress in white on Twitter. And as The Hill reported, Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota even wore a white jacket.
— Rebecca Kaplan (@RebeccaRKaplan) February 5, 2019
“Wearing suffragette white is a respectful message of solidarity with women across the country, and a declaration that we will not go back on our hard-earned rights,” Frankel told CNN.
Twitter asked why the senators — some of whom are Trump’s loudest critics — didn’t join the trend that even Tiffany Trump seemed to join. The president’s 25-year-old daughter wore a fitted white skirt suit in contrast to the black outfits worn by first lady Melania and sister Ivanka Trump.
State of the Union viewers took to Twitter to voice their opinions on some female senators’ sartorial differences.
Worth noting that most of the female Senators did not follow the House lead in wearing white
— Sarah D. Wire (@sarahdwire) February 6, 2019
Senate Democratic women not adhering to the suffragette white. Amy Klobuchar's in purple, Krysten Sinema's in hot pink and Mazie Hirono and Elizabeth Warren in teal/blue jackets.
— Emily Cochrane (@ESCochrane) February 6, 2019
— Angelica Neal (@angelicaneal) February 6, 2019
— Clarene Mitchell (@MrsCMitch) February 6, 2019
No white for @SenWarren !!?
— Brian Adler (@badlerJCC) February 6, 2019
Kinda bothered that Elizabeth Warren isn't wearing white#SOTU
— stickfigureme (@stickfigureme) February 6, 2019
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