Democrats have told us two things we can expect from them for President Trump’s upcoming State of the Union address: they will be wearing black in solidarity with the #MeToo movement and parading around victims of sexual assault.
An unidentified aide to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-FL) told NBC News, "Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests.”
Frankel previously wanted to hold mock hearings with some of the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, according to the report, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) nixed the idea, stating it would detract from legislation efforts for female victims of abuse. It’s noted that the invited victims to the SOTU are not Trump’s accusers. Top Democrats are concerned that the issued is getting turned “into a partisan political war,” according to NBC News.
Taking a cue from actors attending the Golden Globes this last weekend, members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group plan on wearing black to the address and are encouraging men, women, and both parties to participate.
"This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it," said Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).
NBC spoke anonymously to a lawmaker who said Democrats would be “no better” than Trump if they bring sex assault victims to the House like he did when he invited Bill Clinton’s accusers to sit in on a presidential debate with Hillary Clinton.
Seeing as they're doing it anyway, this must be another of example of Dems “going high.”