2 More House Democrats have announced they will boycott President Trump’s State of the Union speech tonight, make it a total of 5.
Democrats Al Green (Texas) and Hank Johnson (Georgia) will join the 3 Democrats who had already announced they will boycott Steven Cohen (Tenn.) Early Blumenauer (Oregon) and Frederica Wilson (Florida.)
6 Democrats boycotted last year so there is still time for House Democrats to potentially eclipse their boycott total from a year ago.
“Because of an impeached, reckless, ruthless, lawless, shameless, corrupt, & unapologetically bigoted president – who is still engaging in a coverup, the state of the House, the state of the Senate, and the #StateOfTheUnion are divided,” Green tweeted. “I will NOT attend #SOTU2020.”
At least six House Democrats boycotted Trump’s State of the Union address last year. In addition to the five who are not going on Tuesday, Georgia Democratic Rep. John Lewis did not attend last year either. He has not said whether he will attend this year’s address.
“During normal times, I would consider it my duty to attend and hear the President’s agenda for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, these are not normal times,” Johnson tweeted on Monday.
That came after 14 Democrats skipped the address in 2018, which came shortly after Trump caused a firestorm for describing African nations as “s—hole countries.” Many Democrats also wanted to make a point amid their frustrations after Trump’s first full year in office.
More than 60 Democrats also boycotted Trump’s inauguration, but most still attended the joint address a little over a month later.
Wilson said Tuesday that Trump is “too disrespectful toward women, immigrant children, Gold Star families and poor people.”
Cohen, who previously co-introduced articles of impeachment against Trump in 2017, said in a statement on Monday that he “will not be a witness to puffery and prevarication flowing while our Constitution and our laws are disrespectfully and dangerously flouted.”
Blumenauer also said that he will continue his streak since 2018 of skipping Trump’s address.
“I have chosen not to dignify Trump’s parade of lies about health care, his persistent exaggeration, and his personal attacks with my attendance at this year’s State of the Union Address. His appalling performances each day continue to justify that decision, and I have no doubt tomorrow night will be more of the same — even possibly worse,” Blumenauer said in a statement on Monday.