It seemed like a mistake: When President Trump touted women’s gains in the job market during his State of the Union address Tuesday, it sent the contingent of Democratic women to their feet in enthusiastic applause.
Many of those women, after all, had new jobs as a result of a record-smashing midterm election that was widely seen as a rebuke of Trump. And their white attire, in observation of the 100th anniversary of Congress voting to grant women the right to vote, highlighted their celebration even more.
Trump seemed to have unintentionally given them the opening to gloat.
“You weren’t supposed to do that,” Trump jokingly told the women.
And then the president went on to praise the women — this time, intentionally: “Exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before.”