The Democrats are waging their own classy war on Donald Trump at the annual State of the Union address (SOTU). While the president has the primetime floor for an hour or more, many of the Democrats have found a way to make a big statement, too. Check this out.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) has never attended one of Trump’s SOTU addresses. Although, neither has Al Green (D-TX), but this year he invited Michael Phuong Nguyen’s relative. Nguyen has been detained in Vietnam. Green has not announced whether he will accompany his guest according to The Hill, but he said:
‘As President Trump prepares to have his second summit with Kim Jong Un in Vietnam, it is imperative that Michael Nguyen is at the forefront of his mind and he does not leave Vietnam without Mr. Nguyen or other Americans detained under questionable circumstances there.’
She is a refugee from Somali and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) plans to bring a person who came to America in 2000 because of the Liberian Civil war. Her guest is under the threat of Trump’s deportation as he ends the deferred departures program. There has been some questions to the legality of the president making such a move. Omar said:
‘I hope by hearing the stories of people directly impacted he can at long last find some empathy.’
Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) invited Nate Mook, who is executive director of the World Central Kitchen. The organization is celebrity chef José Andrés’ nonprofit, and it provides meals to people in during an emergency.
The chef considered the partial government shutdown an emergency. He released a statement that read:
‘The thought of spending Tuesday night in the House Chamber listening to the reckless, self-centered man who occupies the White House holds no interest for me. The amount of damage, division and confusion Trump has inflicted on the American people over the last six weeks has been a blemish on the new Congress and I refuse to be witness to his continued antics.’
Senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) will wear white to support Democratic women who are doing the same. They do this to show support with suffragettes and to honor the highest number of female representatives.
The chef’s communications director Ryan Johnson said:
‘Mr. Rush wants the President to look out and see the Democratic majority that will serve as a strong Constitutional check on his power.’
Representative Jan Shakowsky (D-IL) did not go to the State of the Union address last year. However, this year she intends to use her guest ticket to make a statement. She invited a Chicago federal worker whom Trump furloughed during his shutdown. Her spokesperson Guy King said:
‘She feels it’s important for President Trump to see the impact of the shutdown on hardworking Americans.’
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is bringing Ana Maria Archila. The woman who confronted former senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) in an elevator with her story of sexual abuse and convinced him to call for a probe into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s background. In a recent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez said that she will give Archila a Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History pin.
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