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The list of Democratic lawmakers boycotting the State of the Union is growing


Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington has added her name to the growing list of Democratic lawmakers boycotting President Trump's State of the Union address on Jan. 30.

"Instead, we'll focus on the State of OUR Union, our opposition to his agenda, and we will lift up a progressive and inclusive vision of our country," U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal said on Twitter.

She accused the president of "fueling the flames of divisiveness" and said it was "absolutely unacceptable to see the racism and hatred coming out of the White House."

Georgia Rep. John Lewis and California Rep. Maxine Waters announced their plan to boycott the event last week after it was reported the President described Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries" during a meeting about immigration reform. President Trump has since denied it, but two Senators who were present at the meeting, one Democrat and one Republican, maintain that he did.

Lewis, a veteran activist of the civil rights movement, told reporters, “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 was among those who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King during the 1960s.

During an interview on MSNBC's 'All In With Chris Hayes,' Waters told host Joy Reid she was boycotting the event. "Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar? Someone who lies in the face of facts, someone who can change their tune day in and day out," she said. "What does he have to say that I would be interested in? I don’t appreciate him and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that house listening to what he has to say. He does not deserve my attention.”

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson says this will be the first year since she took office in 2011 that she won't be attending the president's State of the Union address. "I have no doubts that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump’s address will be full of innuendo, empty promises and lies,” she said.

Wilson made headlines last year when she criticized the President for comments he made during a call to the widow of a green beret killed in Niger.

Earlier this month, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer released an official statement announcing his plans to skip the address. "Rather than listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump," he wrote. "I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress." Instead he says he'll watch the speech from Oregon and talk to his constituents about "what they think about the State of the Union."

Boycotting the event isn't the only way Democrats plan on sending a message to the President.

A group of female house members, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced plans to wear all black to the event as a statement against sexual harassment and in honor of sexual harassment victims in deference to the “Me Too” movement.

“We are supporting the brave women in every industry and every corner of the country who are making their voices heard,” Pelosi said in a statement. “We are at a watershed moment in the nationwide fight against sexual harassment and discrimination, and we must continue to keep up the drumbeat of action for real change.”

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