First lady Melania Trump appeared to make another political statement through her fashion choices, and many on the left were enraged on social media over it.
Female Democratic lawmakers chose to wear white to the State of the Union speech as a show of support for the historical suffragette movement that led to women gaining voting rights.
Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia tweeted photos of herself and the other Democratic women in white.
Women in White (and the men who support us!). Wearing suffragette white to send a clear message that this Congress… https://t.co/nck2htSNQt— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@Rep. Jennifer Wexton) 1549404344.0
"Wearing suffragette white to send a clear message that this Congress stands with women," Wexton tweeted.
The first lady, on the other hand, chose to wear black.
WATCH: @FLOTUS Melania Trump enters the #SOTU. https://t.co/D1tSxYxpAE https://t.co/jszx1XBPTp— The Hill (@The Hill) 1549421100.0
Many on the left saw it as a challenge or an insult to the women who were wearing white in solidarity for women's rights, and they posted their concerns on social media.
"Melania in black. Well, that's a statement," said feminist Elizabeth McLaughlin.
Melania in black. Well, that's a statement.— Elizabeth C. McLaughlin (@Elizabeth C. McLaughlin) 1549418239.0
"The contrast of Melania and Ivanka in black and the Democratic women in white is striking," said journalist Carla Day. "Dark vs. Light. Mourning vs. Hope."
The contrast of Melania and Ivanka in black and the Democratic women in white is striking. Dark vs. Light. Mourning vs. Hope. #SOTU— Carla Day (@Carla Day) 1549420252.0
All the women wear white, and Melania wears black. 🙄 #SOTU— Allison Brown (@Allison Brown) 1549418641.0
Actress Bette Midler joked that the first lady was wearing black because she was mourning.
Ugh. There’s #MattWhittaker. #mikepompeo hides his mouth in case there’s any lip readers watching this nonsense.… https://t.co/fDPpMdrw3W— Bette Midler (@Bette Midler) 1549418605.0
"Melania's wearing black," she tweeted. "I too am in mourning for my country."
Most of the Democratic women wearing white gave muted applause or ignored the first lady when she was applauded by the president at the beginning of his speech.
Here's more about the partisan SOTU fashion battle:
Female House Democrats organized a 'white out' at State of the Union address www.youtube.com