Dems wearing purple and white to Trump address (and not because they’re TCU fans)

Dems wearing purple and white to Trump address (and not because they’re TCU fans)
Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett does his thing in the Wildcats' 26-20 win over West Virginia. (Image via CBS Sports)

[Ed. – Or, as Guy Benson says, Northwestern fans.  Let us not forget Kansas State, for that matter  Take that, Mr. Trump.  You’ll be purpled; see if you won’t.]

You’d think that Democrats’ opposition to Trump would be adequately communicated by their applause choices — or, you know, their literal presence in the chamber as the opposition party.  But hey, maybe this makes them feel like they’re accomplishing something. …

It’s not really a protest, says Ms. Popularity, but it sort of is — as a “statement of values” to contrast with Trump’s.  It’s not quite clear from Pelosi’s answer whether only Democratic women will be wearing their white-and-purple values on their collective sleeve, or if the men will also be participating. In any case, it used to be much easier to discern who was clapping for what lines during presidential addresses to joint sessions of Congress because member seating was segregated by party.  That tradition was suspended by another well-meaning but factually-misplaced gesture following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords…

Fake feel-goodery may have met its final expiration date anyway in an age Trump, in which Democrats are required to ritually demonstrate their wokeness.  If the original tradition is indeed fully restored this evening, it’ll once again be pretty easy for viewers to spot the Democrats.  If not, it’ll be harder, but not impossible: They’ll be the ones wearing Northwestern colors and occupying dozens and dozens of fewer seats than they did eight years ago.

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