More Democratic congressional members are saying they won't attend President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address on January 30th.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) says she will join her three colleagues in boycotting Trump's State of the Union. Wilson sparred with Trump last year over his call to a grieving widow of a fallen soldier.
Citing Trump's "recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations," Wilson said that she believes Trump's address will be "full of innuendo, empty promises and lies," writing:
“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. I have no doubt 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 also said Trump has demeaned the office of the president and damaged America's standing in the world.
“The United States’ reputation is smoldering in the ashes of his recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations. Many of his proposed domestic policies are harmful to people of color, low-income communities, and the middle class. It would be an embarrassment to be seen with him at a forum that under any other president would be an honor to attend.”
Wilson joins Democrats Maxine Waters (D-CA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in skipping the address.
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