A Republican congressman who is potentially eyeing a Senate run mocked Democratic women on Wednesday for wearing white at President Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.
Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said the “poorly dressed” Democratic women wore “bad-looking white pantsuits” in solidarity with failed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
During a radio town hall Wednesday morning, a constituent told Cramer that “Democrats were spinning a lot” and should work with Republicans even though, as the constituent acknowledged, they didn’t work with former president Barack Obama.
Cramer, who met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in December to discuss a Senate run against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp, agreed, remarked that there are a number of bipartisan issues that could bring the parties together, including the president’s proposed infrastructure investment. He then, however, veered off topic and into the subject of the Democratic women's attire.
“But by the way, did you notice how poorly several of them were dressed as well?” he asked. “It is a syndrome. There is no question, there is a disease associated with the notion that a bunch of women would wear bad-looking white pantsuits in solidarity with Hillary Clinton to celebrate her loss. You cannot get that weird.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic women in the chamber wore white in a nod to suffragettes and as a silent protest against Trump.
“It’s not even a protest,” Pelosi, who wore white and purple, told MSNBC on Tuesday ahead of Trump’s address. “It’s a statement of values. It associates ourselves with our suffragette mothers, the color of white, the color purple.”
She added in a tweet, “Tonight, our Democratic #WomenWearWhite in support of women's rights -- in spite of a @POTUS who doesn’t!”
This piece originally appeared in Politico.