At least five Democrats have already stated they’ll be boycotting President Trump’s State of the Union address.
Now, not one founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus will attend, either.
More Democrat nonsense. What else is new?
There’s not much ado about President’s Trump’s State of the Union address right now, but there will be. Some members of Congress are considering boycotting his Jan. 30 speech.
The annual remarks to a joint session could see as much drama as the Golden Globes show, where sexual assault, harassment and rape colored what ordinarily has been a tribute to the men and women who make Hollywood the entertainment capital of the world.
Come next Tuesday, attention turns to the U.S. Capitol, that place other democracies try to imitate but never fully duplicate.
Expect a telling feature film. For instance, for the first time since its founding in 1971, not one founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus will be in attendance as a sitting member of Congress. Most have died, and some have simply moved out of the spotlight, like the Rev. Walter Fauntroy, who served as the District’s nonvoting delegate.
Rep. John Conyers resigned more than a month ago after being snagged by the sexual harassment hook. A Democrat who first won a Michigan congressional seat in 1964, Mr. Conyers is a former CBC chairman and continued to enjoy the dean label of the CBC.
He won a seat on the House Judiciary Committee, the panel with insight to landmark legislative affairs in education (Brown v. Board), and civil and voting rights (Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965). He also stood, marched and sang alongside millions of Americans as they pushed to make Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday.
Much has changed since the ‘60s — and the CBC is changing again. Some of its members plan to sit or stand shoulder-to-shoulder in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s circle and wear black to the speech, mimicking the visuals of the Golden Globes.
Some CBC members plan not to attend, including Rep. John Lewis, whose resume as a rebel at the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee almost got him and his speech at the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom on Washington knocked off the program.
Mr. Lewis said he decided to boycott after Mr. Trump referred to “sh—hole countries.” Said Mr. Lewis, 77: “In good conscience, I cannot and will not sit there and listen at him as he gives the State of the Union address.” (No disrespect to Mr. Lewis, but as a civil rights leader he was whacked upside the head with far more damaging weapons than words.)
Talk about disrespectful.
All members of Congress should be in attendance with very few exceptions, such as injury or family emergency, for example.
Lewis is an embarrassment. This is wrong!