Some members of Congress skipping the State of the Union address

Some members of Congress skipping the State of the Union address

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., on Friday became the latest Democrat to announce that she will not be attending President Trump's State of the Union address later this month - amid growing Democratic plans to protest the event. Waters said, "Oh, no".

During an interview with stand-in host Joy Reid on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes" on Friday night, Waters said the US was being "represented by the most despicable human being that could possibly ever walk the earth".

"Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar", Waters said on Fox & Friends.

Lewis made his announcement Friday, citing reports that Trump had referred to some African countries as "s--holes" in a conversation with lawmakers about immigration.


Lewis made the accusation following Trump's reported comments that America needs fewer Haitian immigrants and more immigrants from countries like Norway. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who was there at the time, said he did.

Waters slammed the president over the comments on MSNBC Saturday morning, saying that she doesn't "trust him or appreciate him". "He lies to the American people. He does not deserve my attention".

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) had announced January 5 - before Trump's racist remarks this week - that he would skip the State of the Union, saying in a statement that he did not feel it would be productive to listen to "another destructive and divisive speech by Trump". "It must be in his DNA, in his makeup", he added. "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".

Waters has been one of the most vocal opponents of President Trump's, and Friday evening was no exception.

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