Democrat women minus AOC plan to revive last year’s white dress code to make a statement at tonight’s State of the Union Address.
Moments ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced she will become the 6th Democrat to boycott Trump’s State of the Union address.
After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution.
None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it.
Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union.
This is a deeply personal decision for each member to make, and a choice I did not take lightly.
I will be hopping on Instagram Live later this evening to connect with my constituents and follow up with their questions about #SOTU.
Last year, President Trump addressed the rise in the number of women in the workforce and in Congress.
WATCH: (2019 State of the Union)
TheHill reports a number of House Democrats are gearing up to stage protests against President Trump’s State of the Union address once again Tuesday, this time after voting to impeach him.
Female Democrats are reprising their coordinated white outfits to show solidarity with women, and, as in years past, at least a handful of lawmakers are considering or planning to boycott Trump’s speech in the House chamber entirely.
The final vote in the Senate trial to acquit Trump will likely come on Wednesday, the day after his speech, and the lawmakers absent for the address will include some of the earliest and most fervent supporters of impeachment.
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), who introduced articles of impeachment against Trump in 2017, skipped the last two State of the Union addresses. He told The Hill that he has no intention to “go in a very cold room and hear a bunch of puff and lies.”
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who forced three House votes on impeachment and has boycotted all of Trump’s addresses to Congress to date, said that he was undecided.
“The things that caused me to stay away have not changed,” Green acknowledged. But he said that he has been “encouraged” by a colleague to attend and is weighing his decision.
At least six House Democrats made a point of not attending last year’s State of the Union, while 14 boycotted the address in 2018.