Trump Campaign Adviser Compares Democrats in White at SOTU to KKK: 'Only Thing...Missing Tonight is the Matching Hood'

A Trump campaign adviser compared the Democratic women and their tribute to suffragists at Tuesday's State of the Union address to the Ku Klux Klan.

Democratic women elected to wear white to "stand together wearing white in solidarity with the women of the suffrage movement who refused to take no for an answer."

Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser to Trump's re-election campaign and a national campaign spokeswoman in 2016, compared the attire to the KKK on Twitter. "The only thing that the Democrats uniform was missing tonight is the matching hood," she tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Pierson wasn't the only critic of Democrats who sought to draw a comparison between the attire and the KKK.

"The Democrat women all dressed in white—to show solidarity with the Ku Klux Klan? As a tribute to Good Humor salesmen? To look like insane asylum attendants? They like dressing like Charlie Chan?" radio host Mark Simone tweeted.

Analysts noted that the white attire donned by female Democrats drew attention. Rebecca Boggs Roberts, who wrote Suffragists in Washington, D.C.: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote, discussed the history of suffragists wearing clothing that stood out visually in The Washington Post.

During his speech, Trump acknowledged the record 127 women in Congress, 106 of whom are Democrats.

"At 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," he said.

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Democratic members of the House of Representatives applaud as President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address, on February 5. Democratic women elected to wear white to “stand together wearing white in solidarity with the women of the suffrage movement who refused to take no for an answer.”  Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Conservatives have previously attempted to link the KKK's origins to the Democratic Party. In 2013, Stephen Martin, who was then serving as a state senator in Virginia, claimed that the Democratic Party created the KKK. Martin subsequently withdrew the statement, and Politifact rated the claim false.

The Washington Post also fact-checked the alleged link last year, writing:

"The original Ku Klux Klan was founded after the Civil War to terrorize the formerly enslaved and push back against efforts to create a multiracial America. What historians call the Second Ku Klux Klan launched in 1915 and reached the apex of its power in the mid-1920s, when it exerted deep cultural and political influence around the country. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights nonprofit that tracks hate groups, estimates that the Klan had up to 4 million active members in the United States at its apex, about 5 percent of the adult population.

"Klansmen were influential inside both major parties, pushing racism, nativism, Prohibition and especially anti-Catholicism. In the South, Jim Crow-supporting Democrats made a natural fit for the KKK. But in Midwestern industrial towns full of immigrant Catholics and Jews who voted Democratic, the Klan took root largely among Republicans. The Klan was Democratic in Oregon and Republican in Indiana—two of its biggest strongholds. By the end of the decade, the organization, whose membership remained semi-secret, claimed 11 governors, 16 senators and as many as 75 congressmen—roughly split between Republicans and Democrats."

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