First House Dem announces boycott of Trump’s State of the Union

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A Democratic lawmaker has announced that he won’t attend President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union address later this month. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a liberal leaning member, released a statement which indicated that he won’t be in D.C. on Jan. 30, the date of the address.

“Rather than listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress,” Blumenauer wrote in a Twitter post (see below). “Instead, like I did during his inauguration, I will be working here at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the Union!”

“Hearing from Oregonians and working together to protect our values and advance policies that actually strengthen our communities is a more productive use of my time,” he wrote in a second tweet.

Blumenauer was one of 60 Democrats who boycotted the January 2017 inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump. Fewer Democrats showed their dissent a month later, when Trump gave his joint address to Congress. Many Democratic lawmakers who did attend the joint address did so accompanied by guests, in a show of protest against various topics. For example, as noted by The Hill, at least a dozen Democrats brought young undocumented immigrants as their guests.

Reaction on social media has been mixed, as many believe Blumenauer should “do his job” and “pretend” to be engaged in the business of the nation, rather than stage petty protests. Others support his abdication. See a sampling below.

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