At least one lawmaker has stepped forth to claim that they plan to boycott the speech entirely, with more Democrats looking to skip the event as well. Female Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi plan to garbed themselves in black in order to show their support of victims of sexual misconduct, just as Hollywood stars did at an awards show over the weekend.
Members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group have been talking about a coordinated effort centered on the State of the Union after they dressed themselves in white to protest Trump’s first joint address to Congress last year. They settled on wearing black after watching the Golden Globes this past Sunday.
Female Democrats are aiming for their display of black to bring the “Me Too” conversation about fishing out sexual misconduct and women’s issues to Trump’s State of the Union on January 30th.
Representative Lois Frankel, the chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, said she also plans to give her guest ticket in the House chamber gallery to a person heavily involved in the “Me Too” movement, but hasn’t decided who that person will be yet.
“What we want is to really continue the conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace, about disparity of salaries where people work in the same job, and also getting paid for the value of your work,” Frankel said.
She joked that lawmakers’ attire won’t be quite as flashy as at the Golden Globes: “I don’t expect to see diamonds or a lot of flesh.”
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