House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told the House Democratic Caucus to give President Donald Trump their full attention during his State of the Union address, telling them all focus should be on “his slobbering self.”
“Let the attention be on his slobbering self,” Pelosi told the caucus at their weekly private meeting, according to reports from Politico. “If you want to walk out, don’t come in.”
“If his nose isn’t running and he isn’t burping, he did a great speech,” she added during the meeting, warning that any disruption would take away from Democratic attempts to critique the speech at a later time.
Several Democrats, including Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), are boycotting the State of the Union address because of comments Trump has made regarding race within the last year.
Wilson told CNN on Monday that she felt the president did not deserve to be honored after “being so hateful” toward minorities and “black countries,” referring to Trump’s alleged description of Haiti and African nations “sh**thole countries.”
“It hurts. And he has brought the White House to the lowest, and I don’t think he needs to be honored with my presence,” Wilson said during the interview.
Others Democrats plan to attend the speech but are inviting guests to attend who make a political statement about issues important to the Democratic Party, including young undocumented immigrants and individuals involved with the Me Too and Time’s Up movements.
Many of these lawmakers also plan to dress in all black to raise awareness of sexual harassment and misconduct in Washington.
Trump is expected to discuss the GOP tax bill, immigration reform, infrastructure and trade during his address on Tuesday.