Three House Democrats will boycott President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)
Frederica Wilson (Fla.).
All three have expressed very strong anti-Trump sentiments throughout the Trump era.
Blumenauer’s pinned tweet is “With Trump, there’s a dumpster fire a day. If we only fight those fires, we will lose. There’s strength in being FOR something.”
With Trump, there’s a dumpster fire a day. If we only fight those fires, we will lose. There’s strength in being FOR something.
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) August 1, 2017
The Hill reports a third House Democrat announced plans on Monday to boycott President Trump’s Tuesday State of the Union address, which will take place a day before the Senate is expected to acquit the president in his impeachment trial.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), who also skipped Trump’s previous State of the Union addresses, said that he will not be attending the speech on Tuesday.
“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.
At least two other Democrats will also skip Tuesday’s State of the Union speech: Reps. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) and Frederica Wilson (Fla.).
It will be the third year in a row that Blumenauer, Cohen and Wilson have decided to opt out of attending Trump’s State of the Union address.
Cohen, who had long advocated for impeaching Trump and co-introduced articles of impeachment in 2017, told The Hill late last week that he had no intention to “go in a very cold room and hear a bunch of puff and lies.”
“I will not be a witness to puffery and prevarication flowing while our Constitution and our laws are disrespectfully and dangerously flouted,” Cohen added in a statement Monday.
At least six House Democrats made a point of not attending the State of the Union last year.
A total of 14 Democrats boycotted Trump’s address in 2018, which came shortly after the president caused a furor after referring to African nations as “s—thole countries.”