At Least 12 Democrats Plan To Skip The State Of the Union Because Trump Is Terrible Or Something

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 6:00 PM

Well, we knew this was going to happen: some Democrats are boycotting the State of the Union speech tonight; the benefits of representing deep blue districts and showing the progressive lackeys that they’re down with resisting Donald J. Trump. There are at least twelve Democratic members of Congress who will be boycotting the speech.

1.Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Or)

2.Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL)

3.Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY)

4.Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

5.Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL)

6.Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL)

7.Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)

8.Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA)

9.Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

10. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA

11.Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)

12. Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA)

The list has grown since mid-January, but the reasons remain the same. Trump is offensive. He’s divisive. He’s a racist. They didn’t like his comments about black unemployment, and his rhetoric is bad. Here are some of the remarks from the boycott crew  (via USA Today):

Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon

Blumenauer, the first to announce he will not attend, said he will be in Oregon listening to constituents rather than “listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump.” He later announced on Facebook that he’ll send an Oregon “DREAMer” — undocumented immigrants brought here as children — in his place, “to remind Trump that these are real people with families and jobs, who are vital to our communities. They deserve certainty and protection.”

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia

The civil rights icon, who marched with The Rev. Martin Luther King, announced he wouldn’t attend the speech on MSNBC after reports of Trump’s "s---hole" comments. Lewis called the statements “unreal” and later said, “I cannot, in all the conscience, be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it. I wouldn't be honest with myself.”

Last year, Lewis said he wouldn’t attend Trump’s inauguration because he didn’t consider Trump a “legitimate president.” Trump responded by tweeting that the congressman was “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington

The first-term congresswoman said she refuses “to dignify a president who has used the platform of the Oval Office to fan the flames of racism, sexism and hatred — most recently with his vulgar condemnation of Haiti and other African countries.”

At the same time, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) warned other members of the Democratic caucus not to cause a scene. They’re looking to not have a Joe Wilson moment, a throwback to the South Carolina Republican congressman that shouted “you lie” during President Obama’s address to Congress in 2009. Pelosi told members to just not attend if they couldn’t refrain from walking out. Keep in mind the speech has yet to be given. President Trump will address Congress and the nation at 9:00 P.M. tonight.