President Trump delivers 2020 State of the Union Address before a Joint Session of Congress. The Democratic Response from Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) will follow shortly thereafter. YouTube Tips ⓘ
At least 10 House Democrats have pledged to skip Tuesday night’s State of the Union address as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a count by ABC News. The list of those who will not attend includes:
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas)
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)
2020 State of the Union Address (Tuesday, February 4, 2020)
U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union Address to the 116th United States Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives — Trump’s third and final State of the Union Address and his fourth and final speech to a joint session of the United States Congress. Presiding over this joint session was the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by Mike Pence, the Vice President of the United States, in his capacity as President of the Senate.
As Trump’s address concluded, Pelosi tore up her copy of the speech in four separate sections. “In case any confusion remained” regarding her actions, “Pelosi held up what remained of the address to her family in the gallery, in full view of reporters”. Pelosi defended her actions, saying “He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech. What we heard last night was a disgrace.” Pelosi added that “it was a courteous thing to do considering the alternatives. It was such a dirty speech.”
After much deliberation, I have decided that I will not use my presence at a state ceremony to normalize Trump’s lawless conduct & subversion of the Constitution.
None of this is normal, and I will not legitimize it.
Consequently, I will not be attending the State of the Union.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2020
She began tearing the speech with small tears during the speech, but denied that she intended to tear up the speech all along.
Gun control activist Fred Guttenberg, invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was ejected after shouting in response to Trump’s remarks about protecting the Second Amendment.
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer gave the Democratic response. Texas representative Veronica Escobar gave a Spanish-language response.
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