On Tuesday, January 30, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address. Hundreds of well-known politicians, reporters, and other honored guests will gather in the US Capitol where the president will talk about the past year and about the future of the United States.
This year, several top Democrats have opted to boycott the State of the Union Address due to their disagreement with the president. According to CNN, some of the same Democrats avoided President Trump’s first joint address to Congress last year as well.
While it would have been positive to see a bipartisan effort to bring unity, several leading politicians are making it clear that they are not wanting to support that effort.
Here are a few of the people who have said that they will not be attending this year’s event:
Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia)
Lewis said that he would not be attending based on the criticism about President Trump’s off-putting comments in a closed-door meeting over immigration reform.
Lewis said, “At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union. I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California)
When asked if she would be attending, Waters said, “Oh, no. Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?”
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Florida)
Wilson said, “I cannot in good consciousness attend the #SOTU address after the president went so low in his remarks about Haiti & African nations. It would be hypocrisy to go to an event at which he is honored.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington)
Jayapal said, “My analysis, however, is that my highest contribution- in these extraordinary times and circumstances where President Trump is himself breaking all established precedents to serve very narrow and self-serving interests- is to stand up to declare that I profoundly disagree with his approach and his unacceptable behavior.”
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon)
Blumenauer said, “Rather than listening to another destructive, divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress. Instead, like I did during his inauguration, I’ll be working at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the Union! #SOTU”
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-New York)
Meeks said, “He does not respect me or the communities I represent, so I cannot in good [conscience] sit idly on the House floor and listen to his scripted speech. #SOTU”
The Chicago Times also reported that Reps. Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky, and Bobby Rush would not be attending either.
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