Dem Rep Is the First to Announce He Will Not Attend Trump’s State of the Union

Dem Rep Is the First to Announce He Will Not Attend Trumps State of the Union

With President Donald Trump scheduled to appear before Congress to deliver the State of the Union address on Jan. 30, a member of Congress has announced he will be boycotting Trump’s speech.

In a tweet posted on Friday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said he will not be attending the “destructive, divisive speech” and will instead be in his state listening to his constituents:

He added that what he plans on doing is more productive:

When Trump addressed Congress for his joint session speech in 2017, instead of boycotting, many Democrats instead chose to invite people who they believed would be harmed by Trump’s policies in order to make him uncomfortable.

“It is our hope that their presence in the House Gallery will remind President Trump that he is not the arbiter of patriotism. This country belongs to all of us, and his rhetoric of intolerance will not stand,” the letter they circulated stated, according to The Hill.

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