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Side-By-Side Photos of Newly Elected House Republicans and Democrats Just Emerged Online, and People Notice...a Difference

Democratic congresswomen-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL), Abby Finkenauer (IA) and Sharice Davids (KS) pose for the 116th Congress members-elect group photo on the East Front Plaza of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on November 14, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images)

The newly elected members of the House of Representatives—or at least those newly elected from the 427 seats that were decided thus far—went to Washington DC Wednesday for a freshman orientation of sorts. Among them were the largest number of women ever elected and several firsts.

Democrats Sharice Davids of Kansas and Deb Haaland of New Mexico became the first Native American women ever elected to Congress. Fellow Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Minnesota and Ilhan Omar of Michigan are the first Muslim women ever elected. Democrat Ayanna Presley became the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts.


As is customary, the freshman legislators took group and individual official photos.

Once those photos hit social media, people began to remark on a noticeable difference between the Republican and Democratic freshman classes.

A look back to 2016 showed the GOP equally "diverse."

Once the disparity was pointed out, people had plenty to say about it.

Most of it failed to complement the GOP. Some felt it would be more difficult to tell the GOP members apart.

Others questioned the GOP's concept of diversity.

And one person thought they were looking at the future versus the past.