President Donald Trump is set to deliver his first State of the Union address tonight, amid a massive show of opposition.
Trump’s first year in office has been marked by controversy, and a number of Democratic lawmakers announced that they will boycott the speech altogether.
Typically, lawmakers from both sides are in attendance but representatives John Lewis of Georgia, Maxine Waters of California, Frederica Wilson of Florida, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Gregory Meeks of New York, Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky and Bobby Rush of Illinois are all skipping tonight’s event.
Besides the Democratic lawmakers’ boycott, a number of young undocumented immigrants known as the Dreamers, plan to witness Trump’s State of the Union address — upon the invitation of Democratic leaders in attendance – like representative Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi said, “Tonight, when president Trump looks into the gallery during this State of the Union, he will see dignity, courage, and patriotism of dozens of Dreamers.”
To give us his thoughts on tonight’s State of the Union address is BA’s political expert, Jay Gonzalez of Golden Gate University.
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