Millions of Americans are expected to tune in to President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address, but a number of lawmakers won't be joining them.
Dozens of Democratic lawmakers skipped Trump's inauguration in protest. And following a year of great criticism of the president from the left, several lawmakers who represent them have no interest in hearing Trump's view on the condition of the United States.
- Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon: The Democrat boycotted Trump's inauguration and says he will do the same Tuesday night for his State of the Union speech.
Rather than listening to another destructive, divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress. Instead, like I did during his inauguration, I'll be working at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the Union! #SOTU
- Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida: The lawmaker whose south Florida district includes many immigrants from Haiti and predominantly black countries tweeted that she wouldn't be attending after Trump reportedly called their home nations "shithole countries."
I cannot in good consciousness attend the #SOTU address after the president went so low in his remarks about Haiti & African nations. It would be hypocrisy to go to an event at which he is honored.
- Rep. John Lewis of Georgia: "At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union," Lewis said on MSNBC earlier this month after Trump's comments on African nations and Haiti.
"I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it," he added.
- Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois: The lawmaker told the Chicago Tribune that he had no interest in watching Trump be dishonest about his successes.
"This has been the most chaotic, divisive, and incompetent first year of any administration and I will not sit and watch as Trump pretends that he's off to a successful start. He's not," Rush said in a statement on Monday.
The Tribune also reported that Democratic Reps. Danny Davis and Rep. Jan Schakowsky would boycott the event.