House Democrats are plotting and evil sabotage for President Trump’s first speech to Congress. They plan to invite guests who are most targeted by the new White House policies.
That means that Trump will likely face a crowd including ethnic minorities, LGBT people, undocumented immigrants and others when he addresses a joint session on Feb. 28.
Democrats say they don’t plan to protest Trump’s speech, like they did for his inauguration. They seem to have changed their tactics and now want to put him face-to-face with people who feel alienated and targeted by his controversial executive orders.
It was revealed that a group of liberals is urging fellow Democrats to bring guests who have made “a positive impact” on the community “despite discrimination or marginalization.”
“It is our hope that their presence in the House Gallery will remind President Trump that he is not the arbiter of patriotism,” reads the liberals’ letter. “This country belongs to all of us, and his rhetoric of intolerance will not stand.”
Among the authors of the letter are Reps. Jim Langevin (R.I.), Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.), head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Cedric Richmond (La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; Judy Chu (Calif.), head of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus; and David Cicilline (R.I.) and Jared Polis (Colo.), the co-chairman of the LGBT Equality Caucus.
“We want to send a strong message to the [president] that he cannot push these communities aside, and he cannot change the fabric of this country,” they wrote.
Some liberals are also urging Democrats not to appear on the picture for the traditional handshake when Trump walks down the center aisle of the House chamber.
“We have to have a higher standard,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) said.
“For sure I will not be nearby,” Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) echoed.
Trump’s campaign policies have caused great controversy from the very beginning, and now even more, as he implemented that approach when he entered the White House.
The most recent was his temporal ban to all refugees from entering the U.S., including immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The move sparked an outcry from Democrats and human rights groups, and drew thousands of protesters to airports and streets across the country, reports The Hill.
“Instead of celebrating the very diversity that makes our country a beacon of inclusion and equality, he has chosen to vilify, bully and alienate women, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, and people of differing faiths,” the Democrats wrote in their letter.
“His rhetoric emboldens those who seek a scapegoat for the challenges this country faces.”
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