Some Democrats Refuse To Attend Trump’s State of the Union

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) is the fourth and newest Democrat to announce plans to skip President Donald Trump’s State of the Union handle on Tuesday.

“The considered spending Tuesday night time within the Home Chamber listening to the reckless, self-centered man who occupies the White Home holds no curiosity for me,” Blumenauer stated in a press release launched Monday. “Identical to in previous years, I plan to skip a speech that will probably be full of lies, deception and divisiveness.”

Blumenauer has skipped the State of the Union yearly since Trump took workplace. This 12 months, the lawmaker invited Nate Mook to interchange him, based on his assertion. Mook is the chief director of World Central Kitchen, the group based by famed chef José Andrés that gives meals for folks in want, together with federal staff furloughed from the 35-day authorities shutdown.

“The quantity of injury, division and confusion Trump has inflicted on the American folks over the past six weeks has been a blemish on the brand new Congress and I refuse to be witness to his continued antics,” Blumenauer’s assertion learn.

Blumenauer joins Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) in skipping Trump’s handle Feb. 5.

“I cannot attend the State of the Union as soon as once more this 12 months,” Cohen advised The Hill. “I’ll come to the Home Chamber for the State of the Union the following time I can hear from a president who will inform the reality in regards to the state of the union.”

Georgia Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson have additionally stated they received’t attend the annual speech.

“I’d relatively be elsewhere than listening to [Trump] come onto our flooring & begin speaking about teams of individuals, notably Latinos, and disparaging them as a folks,” Johnson tweeted Friday. 

Johnson added that he will probably be watching former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who will give the Democratic rebuttal to the State of the Union.

Lewis was one of many many Democrats to not attend Trump’s handle final 12 months. Different boycotters that 12 months included Reps. Maxine Waters (Calif.), Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) and Frederica Wilson (Fla.).

Some Democrats attending the handle this 12 months are bringing company who assist ship a political message, together with federal staff affected by the partial authorities shutdown.

Trump will ship the handle Tuesday after Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) prohibited the speech from occurring till the shutdown ended. The handle was initially deliberate for Jan. 29.