Rep. Maxine Waters Isn't Just Boycotting Trump's 'State of the Union' — She's Giving Her Own

| JAN 27, 2018 | 3:00 PM

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As President Donald Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), among others, plans to boycott the event.

Others who will be skipping the president's speech include Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).

But Waters is taking her boycott a step further, according to BuzzFeed News — she's going to deliver her own response to the speech:

Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, will speak at the top of a BET News special after Trump delivers the State of the Union, a BET spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. The program, “Angela Rye’s State of the Union,” is part of a broader partnership announced just days ago between the network and the Democratic strategist and political commentator. Rye will executive produce news programs with a sharp focus on issues facing black Americans. The programs will run quarterly, BET said in a release.

The spokesperson said activists and some elected officials will analyze Trump’s first year in office on the program, and will talk about “building black politics and the value of engagement across today’s socio-political landscape.”

The Hill also reported that the SOTU will be preceded by another anti-Trump event scheduled for Monday night: “A group of anti-Trump celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo and Whoopi Goldberg, have also announced plans to hold a 'People’s State of the Union' as a counter-event on Monday night.”

Although it may not be her intent, Waters runs the risk of stepping on her own party's response to the president's speech — Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) will be delivering the Democratic Party's official response Tuesday night, immediately following the president's address.

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