Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) announced Sunday she’s adding her name to the list of members of Congress skipping President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address later in January over his “recent racist and incendiary remarks about Haiti and African nations.”
“For the first time since I began serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, I will not be attending the president’s State of the Union address,” Wilson told The Tampa Bay Times. “I have no doubt 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.”
Wilson is the fourth Democrat to announce plans to skip the president’s historic speech. Following Trump’s alleged “sh*thole countries” comment, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said last week: “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.”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) followed suit, stating Friday she also wouldn’t be attending the State of the Union address. “Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar?” Waters told MSNBC.
“I don’t trust him, I don’t appreciate him, and I wouldn’t waste my time … listening to what he has to say,” she continued. “He does not deserve my attention.”
Wilson and the president had a brief spat in the press in late 2017 after the Florida congresswoman claimed Trump was insensitive during a phone call with a fallen soldier’s widow — the president denied the allegations, and ultimately, White House chief of staff John Kelly slammed Wilson for being an “empty barrel.”
The Florida representative called Kelly’s remarks “racist.”
“That’s a racist term, too,” Wilson said. “I’m thinking about that. We looked it up in the dictionary because I had never heard of an ’empty barrel.’ And I don’t like to be dragged into something like that.”