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Maxine Waters to skip Trump's State of the Union

The Hill logo The Hill 1/13/2018 Brandon Carter
a close up of a man © Provided by The Hill Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Friday she will not attend President Trump's first State of the Union address in the wake of his reported vulgar remarks aimed at Haiti and African nations.

"Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?" Waters said on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." "Someone who lies in the face of facts, someone who can change their tune day in and day out. What does he have to say that I would be interested in?

"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."

Waters becomes the third Democratic lawmaker to announce they won't attend Trump's address, which is scheduled for later this month.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) announced Friday he would skip Trump's State of the Union over the president's "unbelievable" remarks in which he reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries."

"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," Lewis said.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) announced last week that he, too, would boycott Trump's address.

"Rather than listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year's annual address to Congress," he said in a statement. "Instead, like I did during Trump's Inauguration, I will be working here at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the Union."

Members of the Democratic caucus are planning ways to protest during Trump's remarks. Female Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), plan to wear all black in solidarity with victims of sexual misconduct and the #MeToo movement.

Some House Democrats are also reportedly planning to invite sexual assault survivors as their guests that evening, and Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) said she has invited the founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke, to be her guest that evening.


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