Millennial and most Democrats have made plans tomorrow evening.
A growing number of Democrats say they plan to boycott and otherwise protest Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address.
When Trump goes through the usual presidential motions, it’s important that we always are there to boycott it. We have resisted, and are going to keep resisting any tendency to normalize or accept his rhetoric and politics. The causes are innumerable, but some of the examples cited were reports this month that Trump questioned why the U.S. accepts so many immigrants from “s—hole countries” in Africa and that the U.S. didn’t need more people from Haiti.
More than 60 Democrats skipped Trump’s inauguration.
Several Democratic lawmakers, like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are planning to wear black, in honor of the #MeToo movement. Others have decided to boycott the address altogether.
Democratic Representative Gregory Meeks of New York said the following. “At every opportunity, he’s disrespected me and individuals who look like me,” Meeks told MSNBC on Sunday. “I cannot respect him.”
Neither can we, sir.
Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California had the following contribution to make to the discourse.
“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Walters said on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on Jan 12.
“I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that House listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention,” Walters added.
Nor that of the rest of us, for that matter.
Democratic Representative Barbara Lee of California’s press secretary told KQED that Lee decided to miss the State of the Union even before Trump’s “shithole” countries comments.
There was ample reason to avoid even sitting in the same room with the man, long before he ever took office. Now that he is there, however, it has become an imperative.
Sean Spicer apologized to Trump for embarrassing himself in an interview today, and it’s true that he was spectacle during his time there. But it’s not his fault entirely. There was only so much he could do. Ultimately, his great failing was not being able to lie with audacity enough to fill the position’s demands.
There’s no shame in having a soul.
Trump is his own shame, of course, except that he’s too brazen to know it. He couldn’t even manage to print out his tickets right. Invitations nationwide were thus rescinded, to President Donald Trump’s State of the Uniom Address– yes, you read that correctly.
None of this is news to anyone, of course, and that’s the biggest reason of all why this is necessary. We can’t allow Trump to be normalized because he has done nothing to normalize himself. He shows no signs at all of wanting to get himself right. It’s unlikely he’d even be able to.
Democratic Representative Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., has been the one chosen to deliver the Democratic Party’s formal response to whatever Trump decides to spout out tomorrow night. Perhaps a happy glimpse of the future waits for us in that contest.
Until Donald Trump has been removed from the Oval Office, the State of the Union will be an obscenity. Those who know it must use this opportunity to speak out. If we all get together, we can make a statement about America that the world needs to hear. It’s clear the time has come.