Nancy Pelosi's 'sarcastic clap' becomes the State Of The Union's biggest meme

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President Donald Trump's suggestion in his State of the Union address that Democrats abandon their investigations of his administration is a "threat" that has no place in Congress.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attends a group photo of House Democrats in the Capitol Visitor Centre.

"No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs past year", he said, and he seemed genuinely surprised when a number of female Democrats, all clad in white, stood and cheered.

"I mean look, for me I think a lot of people don't understand it [socialism]". "I mean the library and the post office is socialism - so numerous things that we have in our country that we all value is very much based on those values of equality".

Trump and Pelosi have clashed since she took the leadership role in the House following the November election and especially so during the government shutdown.

Trump said "You weren't supposed to do that".

Trump spoke at a critical moment in his presidency, staring down a two-year stretch that will determine whether he is re-elected or leaves office in defeat. Almost all female Democrats remained stone-faced when President Trump spoke of protecting the life of pain-capable unborn babies (as well as when he cheered low unemployment for minorities and the disabled and urged the fight to end sex trafficking), while they cheered wildly for themselves -the only point during the entire highly bipartisan speech they felt so compelled to enthusiastically cheer.

Pelosi and Trump have had a tense relationship since the government shutdown that kicked off her speakership.

Stationed behind Trump's right shoulder, Pence "was, at some points, at an nearly 45-degree angle leaning away from Pelosi", said Dudley, who watched this year's address on her TV and silently played last year's on her laptop alongside it to get a more accurate comparison of the vice president's body language. It was Susan B. Anthony, in her famous speech "Social Purity", who expressly denounced abortion and infanticide, for example.

Abrams is expected to lean heavily on her biography in outlining Democrats' priorities.

Abrams then shifted her speech to address the Republican Party more generally, saying hard-working people are falling behind because of Republicans who don't know their constituents. They leapt to their feet, pointed to each other and high-fived.

Pelosi applauded Trump's mentions of a strong military and creating jobs.

However, that issue might also energize Democratic voters - women in particular - in 2020.

"That's great", Trump said.

Turning to foreign policy, another area where Republicans have increasingly been willing to distance themselves from the president, Trump defended his decisions to withdraw US troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

"It's certainly not going to have any impact", he said.

Pelosi held up a hand below shoulder level and threw a glance in their direction to quiet down.