Democratic Congresswomen Will Wear Black at Trump's State of the Union to Protest Sexual Assualt

Lauretta  Brown
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Posted: Jan 10, 2018 3:15 PM
Democratic Congresswomen Will Wear Black at Trump's State of the Union to Protest Sexual Assualt

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), along with the Democratic Women’s Working Group, is calling on the men and women in Congress to wear black to President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address in solidarity with the #TimesUp and #MeToo movements against sexual harassment.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tweeted her support Wednesday and Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) tweeted that she will be wearing black to the event. It is unclear how many members of Congress will wear black to the January 30th address.

Pelosi has been accused of silence about sexual harassment scandals in Congress in the past. She has been accused of ignoring sexual harassment by former California Rep. Bob Filner. She called Rep John Conyers (D-MI) an “icon in our country” when it was initially revealed that he paid $27,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim and faced new claims of harassment. She later walked back that statement saying she believed Conyers’s second accuser.

She was also accused of knowing about sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) and doing nothing. She called for him to step down once the allegations rose to prominence as part of the #MeToo movement.

Hollywood wore black at The Golden Globes Sunday in solidarity with the #MeToo movement. That protest later faced criticism as it was revealed that actresses like Rose McGowan and Asia Argento who exposed Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior were not even invited to the protest.

Some of those vocally participating in the protest, like Meryl Streep and Ben Affleck, were accused by Rose McGowan of silence about Weinstein in the past.