Rep. Luis Gutierrez turned and left the State of the Union address Tuesday, just as Republicans broke into a "USA" chant.
Toward the end of Trump’s speech, Gutierrez was seen on camera storming out of the chamber after Trump praised monuments across the country. As members of Congress applauded the president’s speech, the Illinois Democrat rose from his seat and walked out the door.
“Monuments to Washington and Jefferson — to Lincoln and King. Memorials to the heroes of Yorktown and Saratoga — to young Americans who shed their blood on the shores of Normandy and the fields beyond,” Trump said. “And others, who went down in the waters of the Pacific and the skies over Asia. And freedom stands tall over one more monument: this one. This Capitol. This living monument to the American people. A people whose heroes live not only in the past, but all around us — defending hope, pride, and the American way.”
In that section of remarks, Trump also praised veterans in wars from the Revolution, through World War II and today, mentioning sites like Saratoga, N.Y., Yorktown, V.A. and the Pacific theater.
A Democratic member patted Gutierrez on the shoulder as he passed.
In a statement, Gutierrez called Trump's speech "well-delivered [considering] whoever translated it from Russian did a good job."
The Illinois Democrat, who has announced he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term, is testing the waters for a 2020 presidential run, Fox News reported.
In his statement, Gutierrez – who has previously called Trump a “major criminal” who wants to destroy families and pollute the environment - specifically criticized Trump’s immigration policy.