President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address on Feb. 5, and while the speech was well-received by the majority Americans, the event was marred by the numerous instances in which a bulk of the Democrats in attendance — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — refused to stand or applaud at clearly non-partisan good news.
The refusal to stand and applaud was perhaps even more noticeable than it might otherwise have been because of the decision by most Democratic congresswoman to dress in all white pantsuits — purportedly in honor of the suffragettes who fought for the right of women to vote 100 years ago — and sit together in a bloc, which created rather stark imagery when they sat straight-faced while everyone else applauded.
Bunch of sullen teenagers
Lifezette reported that the “white pantsuit crew” has been roundly criticized for their stubborn display of partisanship, which included them remaining seated and straight-faced even as everyone was cheering such laudable accomplishments as historically low unemployment and significant reductions in child and sex trafficking — not to mention refusing to pay homage to World War II veterans, Holocaust survivors, or even a little girl prevailing over cancer.
Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal fixated on Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as emblematic of the entire group of white-clad left-leaning women, and remarked that she and others had behaved as though they were sullen teenagers.
And good natured with the white jackets, who I see some on twitter are calling the straight jackets. AOC had a rare bad night, looking not spirited, warm and original as usual but sullen, teenaged and at a loss. 2.
— Peggy Noonan (@Peggynoonannyc) February 6, 2019
Unemployment, sex trafficking, and abortion
But Noonan was far from the only one to point out the rather noticeable refusal of Democratic women to stand and clap during the speech, as countless others noticed and called it out as well.
Liberal-leaning independent Dave Rubin tweeted:
Nancy and the white pant suit crew can’t even applaud low black and Hispanic unemployment. Are they against that now? Low unemployment is good still, right?!
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) February 6, 2019
Lauren Cooley of the Washigton Examiner was “speechless” over Ocasio-Cortez’s actions — or lack thereof.
— Lauren Cooley (@laurenacooley) February 6, 2019
The “Conservative Millennial,” Allie Beth Stuckey, even wished that Trump would have made the Democratic congresswomen look even more hypocritical.
I wish Trump would’ve stayed on abortion a little longer. Really make it clear that the Democrats sitting stone faced are for the brutal killing of newborns while pretending to care about the marginalized.
— Allie Beth Stuckey (@conservmillen) February 6, 2019
Congressional Democrats have styled themselves over the past two years as the #Resistance to President Trump, but at that speech on Tuesday, it sure seemed like the only thing they were resisting were undeniable accomplishments and clear-cut goals that weren’t partisan issues at all but things that were overtly related to making or keeping our nation as the greatest in the world.
The Democrats’ refusal to stand and applaud for such things only revealed them to be the spiteful partisan hacks they truly are.