On Tuesday, Jan. 30, President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address.
Two African American members of congress have announced they are boycotting Donald Trump’s State of the Union in protest at his “unbelievable” remarks in which he allegedly described Haiti and African nations as “s***hole countries”.
On Friday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) said during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” she would not attend the speech. She told host April Reid:
“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar? To 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? .
She added she does not “trust” or “appreciate” the president and “wouldn’t waste my time” listening to his speech because he “does not deserve my attention. “I don’t know when Americans are going to tire of this lying man,” Waters wondered.
Earlier, 77-year-old John Lewis, a veteran of the civil rights struggle, said he would also not be attending the speech, scheduled for January 30. He said he believed being racist “must be” in Mr Trump’s DNA.
“It’s frightening to have someone in the office of the President in 2018 speaking the way that he’s speaking,” said John Lewis, who was among those who marched with Dr Martin Luther King during the 1960s.
… on @allinwithchris, @repmaxinewaters tells @joyannreid she will skip trump’s state of the union on january 30: “why would i take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar? … he does not deserve my attention.” #inners pic.twitter.com/VNf3UIo2Pv
— fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) January 13, 2018
Many Democrats planning different ways to protest during Mr Trump’s remarks. Female Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have said they will wear all black in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement.
It has also been reported some Democrats are likely to invite sexual assault survivors as their guests.