Rep. Frederica Wilson Becomes Latest Lawmaker to Boycott Trump’s State of the Union Address

Rep. Frederica Wilson Becomes Latest Lawmaker to Boycott Trump’s State of the Union Address

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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) announced Sunday she’s adding her name to the list of members of Congress skipping President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address later in January over his recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations.Image result for Rep. Frederica Wilson Becomes Latest Lawmaker to Boycott Trump's State of the Union AddressFor the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address,” Wilson told The Tampa Bay Times. “I have no doubt that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises and lies.

Wilson is the fourth Democrat to announce plans to skip the president’s historic speech. Following Trump’s alleged sh*thole countries comment, Rep. John Lewis D-Ga. said last week I cannot in all good conscience be in a room with what he has said about so many Americans. I just cannot do it. I wouldn’t be honest with myself.

Rep. Maxine Waters D-Calif. followed suit, stating Friday she also wouldn’t be attending the State of the Union address. Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Waters told MSNBC.

I don’t trust him, I don’t appreciate him, and I wouldn’t waste my time listening to what he has to say,” she continued. He does not deserve my attention.Related imageWilson and the president had a brief spat in the press in late 2017 after the Florida congresswoman claimed Trump was insensitive during a phone call with a fallen soldier’s widow the president denied the allegations, and ultimately, White House chief of staff John Kelly slammed Wilson for being an “empty barrel.

The Florida representative called Kelly’s remarks racist.

That’s a racist term, too, Wilson said. I’m thinking about that. We looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an empty barrel. And I don’t like to be dragged into something like that.

The statement added:

WASHINGTON – Rep. Frederica Wilson says she’ll will not attend President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, citing his “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations.”Image result for Rep. Frederica Wilson Becomes Latest Lawmaker to Boycott Trump's State of the Union AddressThe Miami Democrat, who earlier fought with Trump over his call to the widow of a fallen soldier, announced her decision Sunday evening. Several other Democrats, including Reps. Maxine Waters, John Lewis and Earl Blumenauer, have also said they will not attend the Jan. 30 speech.

“For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address,” Wilson said in a statement. “I have no doubt that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises, and lies.

“During his disappointing and destructive first year in office, Mr. Trump has demeaned the presidency at every opportunity and cast doubt on our nation’s standing as a global leader. The United States’ reputation is smoldering in the ashes of his recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations. Many of his proposed domestic policies are harmful to people of color, low-income communities, and the middle class. It would be an embarrassment to be seen with him at a forum that under any other president would be an honor to attend.”

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