Alternet - February 5, 2020
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley joined a small but growing list of House Democrats who will skip President Donald Trump’s third State of the Union speech, scheduled for 9 pm ET Tuesday.
The impeached president, who could be acquitted by Senate Republicans as soon as Wednesday, is expected to discuss immigration, school choice, and foreign policy, among other topics, according toThe Hill.
Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) shared her decision not to attend the president’s speech in a pair of tweets, saying that “I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution.” The congresswoman added she plans to connect with constituents on Instagram Live after the event.
Pressley (D-Mass.) also explained her decision on Twitter. She accused Trump of demonstrating “contempt” for the American public, Congress, and the Constitution, and concluded that she “cannot in good conscience attend tonight’s sham.” ...
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