Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Announces Plan to Boycott President Trump’s First State of the Union Address

Jan 29, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on why he will not attend President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address:

“This has been the most chaotic, divisive, and incompetent first year of any administration and I will not sit and watch as Trump pretends that he’s off to a successful start.  He’s not.  Trump does not respect the office, our long standing institutions, traditions, and many of our citizens, who he has repeatedly insulted.  We are watching the presidency erode before our eyes and I, for one, refuse to participate in pomp and circumstance that does nothing but normalize his egregious and hateful behavior.  This is a presidency that has been built on racism, stupidity, and lies, which has already wasted enough of America’s time and I will not waste any more of mine.”

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