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Democratic Women Give Trump Thumbs Down During Speech (Photos)

| by David Bonner

When President Donald Trump spoke of repealing the Affordable Care Act during his speech to Congress on Feb. 28, some female Democrats wearing white could be seen giving him the "thumb's down" sign.

Female Democrats made another visual statement against Trump during his first address to a Joint Session of Congress: They wore white.

The white clothing was a show of unity to honor women's suffrage, reports the Daily Mail.

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As noted by History.net, the women’s suffrage movement "was the struggle for the right of women to vote and run for office and is part of the overall women’s rights movement."

In the U.S., after years of political organizing by suffragettes, many of whom endured arrests and physical abuse, the movement culminated with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote for the first time.

The homage to their suffragette heroines was led by House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, who tweeted: "Tonight, our Democratic #WomenWearWhite in support of women's rights - in spite of a [U.S. president] who doesn't!"

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Rep. Lois Frankel of Florida tweeted: "Tonight, Democratic Members will wear suffragette white to oppose Republican attempts to roll back women's progress #WomenWearWhite."

"It's really important to show that what candidate Trump said about women and the way that he has behaved toward women in the past is not an acceptable standard for a president," said House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sanchez in a statement, reports the Los Angeles Times. 

"We want a visual reminder to him that suffragettes wore white and we are not going to let him take us backward. We are not going to let men dictate the choices that we have in our lives. We are not going to stand for a president that doesn't respect us and take our perspective into account."

Pelosi released a statement after Trump's address, further criticizing the president:

The President's speech was utterly disconnected from the cruel reality of his conduct. The President speaks like a populist, but he is selling working people down the river to Wall Street. He claims that he's making America safer, but he has jeopardized the security of our country and weakened our fight against terror with his Administration's dangerous, incompetent and unconstitutional actions.

The Trump Administration has spent 40 days putting Wall Street first, making America sick again, sowing fear in our communities, and ensuring Russia maintains its grip on our security and our democracy. Democrats will continue to lead the fight against President Trump's bait-and-switch assault on America.

Many of the women also wore blue "save Obamacare" buttons, in addition to ACLU ribbons in protest of Trump's travel ban.

Sources: Daily Mail, History.net, Los Angeles Times / Photo credit: Rep. Lois Frankel/Twitter via Daily Mail

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