Last Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) invited Mr. Trump to deliver the annual State of the Union address on Feb. 5, after temporarily ending the longest shutdown in government history.
Not everyone will be attending the president’s address though. Two Georgia Democrats plan to skip Trump’s speech – Representatives John Lewis (D-Atlanta) and Hank Johnson (D-Lithonia).
‘I have a problem with defiling the speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives. I don’t want to see it lowered, as is what happens when Donald Trump comes to our floor and starts talking about groups of people, particularly Latinos, and disparaging them as a people.
‘I’d rather be somewhere else.’
Johnson drew criticism for comparing Trump to Adolph Hitler almost two weeks ago, when he said:
‘I don’t think Hitler or a discussion about Hitler is off-limits to anybody. That’s a fair comparison, and I think it’s a necessary one, because if you do not understand history and how history can repeat itself then you’re bound to repeat history.’
Johnson also said in a speech delivered from the pulpit at Friendship Baptist Church:
‘Americans, particularly black Americans, can’t afford to make that same mistake about the harm that could be done by a man named Hitler or a man named Trump.’
Civil Rights hero Lewis, who is Georgia’s longest serving Congressman, will continue his tradition of boycotting Trump’s speeches as he did not attend last year either.
However, former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will attend Trump’s State of the Union address as Democrats’ State of the Union first responder. This will give Abrams one of the nation’s most prominent pulpits as she decides whether to run for U.S. Senate in 2020.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
‘Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he asked Abrams to deliver the address, which will air shortly after Trump finishes his address to a joint session of Congress next week, because “she’s a dynamic leader who has delivered results on the bedrock of all issues: Voting rights.”’
Ellie Hockenbury of the Republican National Committee said:
‘While Chuck Schumer may feel her agenda would be a good fit for national Democrats. It’s worth remembering that it wasn’t even a good fit for her fellow Georgians who rejected her bid for governor just last year.’
After Abrams was defeated, Trump tweeted that she had a “terrific political future.” However, he had little if anything nice to say while she was running for office. He claimed that she will have “Georgia turn into Venezuela” and called her one of the “most extreme, far-left politicians in the entire country.”
While touting his usual lies, the president said:
‘She wants to raise your income tax very substantially, she wants to raise your property tax very substantially. She supports a socialistic takeover of health care.’
Mr. Trump was originally scheduled to deliver the State of the Union address on January 29, but Nancy Pelosi refused to sign off on the speech during the government shutdown.
On Friday, the shutdown came to end after Congress and Mr. Trump agreed to temporarily reopen shuttered federal agencies without providing any money for the president’s border wall.
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