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#BoycottTrumpPrimeTime trends on Twitter ahead of Trump Oval Office address

The Hill logo The Hill 1/8/2019 John Bowden

a man wearing a suit and tie: #BoycottTrumpPrimeTime trends on Twitter ahead of Trump Oval Office address © Getty Images #BoycottTrumpPrimeTime trends on Twitter ahead of Trump Oval Office address Calls to skip President Trump's planned address to the nation on his push for a border wall and the partial government shutdown went viral on social media Tuesday afternoon.

The hashtag "#BoycottTrumpPrimeTime" held the top spot among trending U.S. hashtags on Twitter, with prominent left-leaning organizations and some celebrities joining social media users' call for Americans to avoid watching the address, scheduled for Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET.

"As I made clear on my @SXMProgress show last night: The big TV networks should NOT be covering Trump's speech of lies & racism - that should only air on Fox News where it belongs," Sirius XM host Dean Obedaillah wrote on Twitter.

"[A]nd now @realDonaldTrump's taking his #TrumpTantrum to a television network near you... doesn't change the fact that it's a racist & wasteful ($5,000,000,000) wall. #BoycottTrumpPrimeTime," wrote the progressive organizing group MoveOn.org.

Others such as GLAAD, an LGBTQ rights organization, posted a number of television suggestions for Americans to watch instead of the president's speech.

"With #BoycottTrumpPrimeTime trending, it looks like y'all need something else to watch tonight. Here are our suggestions of TV shows, movies and other content that lift up the voices of marginalized people," GLAAD wrote, before tweeting a thread of TV shows to binge-watch during the address.

Padma Lakshmi, host of "Top Chef" on Bravo, took aim at Trump personally in a tweet urging Americans to avoid listening to the "senile" president use "racist rhetoric" against immigrants.

"No one needs to listen to a senile man spout incoherent racist rhetoric for an hour while 38 million Americans are losing their food stamps and thousands more are being evicted because of this pointless shutdown," she wrote.

All of the major broadcast and cable news networks confirmed Monday that they would air President Trump's Oval Office address on the shutdown live.

The networks will also broadcast a response from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Others like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) have also said they will issue a response to Trump's address.

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