After dozens of Democratic congresswomen wore “suffragette white” to the 2019 State of the Union address, some far-right media figures smeared them by comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan.
Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) wrote on Twitter that she and some of her colleagues were wearing white outfits to “honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we’re not going back on our hard-earned rights!”
I’m looking forward to wearing suffragette white to #SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen! 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!https://t.co/CVPLLIunde
— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) January 30, 2019
Far-right media seized on the pro-women’s rights action by depicting the congresswomen as members of the KKK.
Far-right troll Jack Posobiec wrote, “I haven’t seen so many Demcorats (sic) dressed in white since Republicans freed their slaves”:
I haven’t seen so many Demcorats dressed in white since Republicans freed their slaves
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 6, 2019
During an Infowars broadcast covering the State of the Union speech, a doctored image depicted Klan hoods on the congresswomen while host Alex Jones said, “You wait until those women are running the country for foreign banks and the Chicoms and up against the Russians and everybody else. I mean, my God. Look at them. I mean, this is pathetic.”
Other Infowars personalities made similar claims on Twitter.
Ann Coulter promoted a tweet from right-wing New York radio host Mark Simone that depicted the women as wearing Klan hoods:
Turning Point USA’s Richard Armande Mills wrote, “All they’re missing are hoods and grand-wizard [Virginia Gov. Ralph] Northam to lead the way.”
All they’re missing are hoods and grand-wizard Northam to lead the way. https://t.co/KAl5akrApC
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) February 6, 2019
Pro-Trump YouTuber Joey Salads also likened the congresswomen to the KKK:
— Joey Salads (@JoeySalads) February 6, 2019