President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address is coming up at the end of the month and some Democrats who are upset with him are saying they will be boycotting.
Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson who had a dust-up with Trump last year has joined the list of Democrats who will be sitting out the address.
She cited his “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations” for skipping the event.
From Fox News:
“For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address,” Wilson said in a statement late Sunday. “I have no doubts that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises and lies.”
Wilson joins Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., in boycotting the event.
“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Waters said on MSNBC over the weekend. “Someone who lies in the face of facts, someone who can change their tune day in and day out. What does he have to say that I would be interested in? I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that house listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention.”
Lewis had given his decision on Friday after the reported remarks made by Trump.
“I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans,” Lewis said on MSNBC Friday. “I just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself.”
Blumenauer said he would be skipping the event before Trump’s remarks became public, but said it would be a waste of time and that he was staying home.
“Rather than listening to another destructive, divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress,” Blumenauer said in a statement. “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.”
On Sunday, Trump hit back at those accusing him of racism. “I’m not a racist,” Trump told reporters. “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”
Before he ran against Democrats, he was generally viewed as a ‘white ally’ by such people as Jesse Jackson who called him a friend and praised Trump’s actions on behalf of minorities in a speech in 1998. Trump was also actively involved in helping to promote the careers of black athletes, who still hold him in high esteem such as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. He also, according to some sources, donated money to the National Action Network, Al Sharpton’s group, another person whom he considered a friend.
Google Trump and Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson and you can see multiple pictures of them together at various meetings and events. It’s fairly hard to call someone a ‘Nazi,’ white supremacist or racist in the face of that.
That whole history has been shoved down the rabbit hole of time by the media. But it’s still there for those who care to do some simple real journalism.
That’s not the only thing that Democrats may have planned.
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said she is planning on wearing black in order to stand in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment, while other House lawmakers say they are planning on inviting victims of sexual assault to attend the president’s first State of the Union address.
“Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests,” an aide to Florida Rep. Lois Frankel told NBC News.
Other ideas that have since been nixed include holding mock trials with the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.
Trump has denied any misconduct and reports have revealed that Democrats were trying to push claims against Trump during the election, providing money to Lisa Bloom to help “bring people forward.”
In the face of all that, Trump will be trying to set forth all the things that his administration has accomplished this past year.
And there’s a lot to list.
And that’s really why Democrats want to deflect from that onto other issues.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]