Scalise Rips Dems Planning to Ditch the SOTU for Their ‘Lack of Civility and Disrespect’ for POTUS

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Two Democratic representatives accused the president of “defiling the Speaker’s chair” and are passing on President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address next week, but House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is slamming them for “displaying a lack of civility and disrespect for the office of President of the United States.”

As IJR Red reported, Reps. John Lewis and Hank Johnson, both of whom represent the state of Georgia, are claiming they don’t want to attend the event on Feb. 5 to hear the president address the American people.

Johnson said, “I have a problem with defiling the speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives,” adding that he doesn’t “want to see it lowered, as is what happens when Donald Trump comes to our floor and starts talking about groups of people, particularly Latinos, and disparaging them as a people.”

The Democratic lawmaker claimed he’d “rather be somewhere else.”

Scalise destroys Democratic opposition to Trump’s address

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In response, Scalise told IJR, “Now more than ever, with the crisis at our southern border and an impending government funding deadline, representatives in Congress should hear from our President about the issues that face our country that we as members must address.”

President Trump continues to stand firm on receiving border wall and border security funding, saying, “Without a wall, it doesn’t work,” while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) stance is a stark contrast as she recently said, “There’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation.”

The Republican minority whip ripped into the Democrats who aren’t attending, accusing them of being “afraid of hearing President Trump’s message about the crisis at our southern border,” adding, “but most Americans strongly support the need for border security, and they will be tuning in to hear the President’s message.”

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“Democrats already played politics once with this year’s State of the Union by unnecessarily blocking President Trump from delivering it last week,” Scalise said.

During the longest shutdown in history — while Trump pushed for U.S.-Mexico border wall and border security funding and top Democrats refused to offer any such funds — Pelosi postponed the president’s State of the Union address until the government reopened.

Once Trump announced the end of the shutdown by agreeing to sign a short-term funding bill through Feb. 15, the House speaker wouldn’t agree on the previously scheduled date of Jan. 29 — so the annual speech was postponed until Feb. 5.

“They should not make the same mistake twice by displaying a lack of civility and disrespect for the office of President of the United States,” Scalise said, blasting Democrats who aren’t attending.

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banstan
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I’m confused. Who is it that won’t WORK with who?

Phyllis Softa
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Let me help you. Trump’s solution to an illegal drug crisis is “a wall” despite evidence cartels smuggle drugs via tunnels UNDER WALLS, via submarines, and 90% via vehicles entering legal ports of entry. D’s want 21 st century technology and manpower and Trump wants to spend $5.7B on a Middle Age SYMBOL of protection. If your wife wanted to spend ten thousand dollars on a wall on 1 side of your property but you knew it was a waste of money, would you appease her?

banstan
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“Trump’s solution to an illegal drug crisis is “a wall”. Yeppers, philly, you are as uniformed as always. Keep up and quit with the prog/lib talking points and follow the NEWS, not just what your professed favorite cnn tells you. Keep up with the WHOLE package that is being talked about instead of continuing to beat your dead horses all of the time.

banstan
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5.7 billion is like a couple of pennies in my pocket. It is for a barrier that the Border Patrol wants and it is where the Border Patrol wants it. Of course you being you, knows BETTER than those Agents on what they need.

Phyllis Softa
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Yeah, me being me, I prefer to make judgments on the findings of experts, the testimony of members of drug cartels, and videos of tunnels built under the current walls. Yes, 5.7 billion is a drop in the bucket compared to the $ 779 billion added to the deficit last year and the projected $1 trillion in 2019. If Trump wanted 5.7B, why did his budget reflect $1.6B for border security?

banstan
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“I prefer to make judgments on the findings of experts”. Just what is your definition of expert? I’ve worked for the same company for the last 11 years and this company has been owned by 2 different private investment groups over those 11 years. I have seen 100’s of “experts” come in and try to tell the worker how to do their jobs, and I’ve seen those SAME 100’s of “experts” go because they had NO CLUE what they were talking about.

banstan
Member

Funny thing, those SAME workers are STILL there producing record numbers because they understand the job and what it takes. SO, you just keep trusting your “experts”, I’ll keep trusting the workers.

Phyllis Softa
Member

What I find entertaining in reading your posts is that you trust anyone who agrees with your gut & distrusts anyone that provides you with actual evidence contradicting it. For 20 yrs I worked with employees that complained that the current system wasn’t working. After gathering their input, we changed the system and their response was always the same.—“We want the old system back.” Only a fool would suggest ALL experts are correct, conversely, only a fool would dismiss all experts.

banstan
Member

Glad I can entertain you, philly. sounds like you worked for a company that couldn’t get anything done.

banstan
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AND, with a bunch of co-workers who really didn’t know their jobs.

banstan
Member

Absolutely explains your reliance on cnn as your primary news source.

banstan
Member

Mediocrity and inability to do your job (or check your news sources) is ok with you.

Sam Dorman
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Wow

Phyllis Softa
Member

Wow, is right. I like the Steve Scalise that speaks out for civility. He was silent when Joe Wilson shouted “You lie.” Tim Huelskamp wrote an op ed wanting to cancel Congress’ role in SOTU, Doug Lamborn’s boycott, or Paul Broun advocating not inviting Obama to give the SOTU in Congress. He was silent on the Posey Birther bill in 2009-10.

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