Some of President Donald Trump’s most outspoken critics in Congress are already lining up to announce that they will not be attending his State of the Union address later this month, citing his “shithole” comment about certain third-world countries as the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and John Lewis (D-GA) both confirmed on Friday during separate appearances on MSNBC that they would not take the time out of their schedules to listen to Trump in protest of his job as president.
“Why would I take my time and go 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,” Waters continued. “He does not deserve my attention.”
Lewis, who made a name for himself during the civil rights movement, stated that Trump’s “unbelievable” comments about several nations were “incompatible” with Trump’s proclamation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“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.
“At this junction, I do not plan to attend the State of the Union,” he confirmed.
Waters and Lewis became the second and third Democratic lawmakers to boycott Trump’s address after Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR) announced he would do the same last week.
“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. “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.”