scorecardresearch

Trump campaign adviser on Democrats in white: ‘The only thing . . . missing tonight is the matching hood’

Women from both political parties wore white outfits to the State of the Union Address on Feb. 5, 2019, at the behest of the Democratic Womens Working Group to honor the legacy of women's suffrage in the United States.
Women from both political parties wore white outfits to the State of the Union Address on Feb. 5, 2019, at the behest of the Democratic Womens Working Group to honor the legacy of women's suffrage in the United States.(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Trump made an appeal for bipartisanship, asking Congress to ‘‘reject the politics of revenge, resistance, and retribution.’’

That plea evidently didn’t resonate with one senior adviser to his reelection campaign. Katrina Pierson, who also served as Trump’s national campaign spokeswoman in 2016, took to Twitter after the speech to compare Democratic congresswomen who wore white in tribute to the suffragists to the Ku Klux Klan.

‘‘The only thing that the Democrats uniform was missing tonight is the matching hood,’’ Pierson tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Pierson, who made false claims on live television during the 2016 election about Hillary Clinton’s health and wrongly asserted that President Barack Obama started the war in Afghanistan, was not the only figure affiliated with Trump’s campaign to draw KKK comparisons with the Democrats wearing white.

Advertisement



The Rev. Darrell Scott, who acted as a liaison between Trump and black pastors and served on his presidential transition team, tweeted before the State of the Union, ‘‘I see the Dems have their Klan colors on tonight!!’’

The tweets echo a talking point for some on the right who have tried to link the Democratic Party’s history with the KKK.

The real reason Democratic women wore white on Tuesday night was in a nod to the history of the US suffragist movement, whose backers often dressed in white while battling to give women the right to vote. Like many gestures by Democrats on Tuesday, the white outfits were meant as a not-so-subtle jab at Trump and his policies.

‘‘We’ll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we’re not going back on our hard-earned rights!’’ tweeted Representative Lois Frankel, Democrat of Florida.