It's not a formal State of the Union address -- that will come next year -- but on Tuesday President Trump will address a joint session of Congress in what amounts to the same thing. In years past, this has meant that camera-hogs on both sides of the aisle jockey for choice aisle seats so they can be seen shaking hands with the leader of the Free World as he makes his way toward the podium. But maybe not this year:
For nearly three decades, Engel has been on the aisle for every presidential address to Congress. For a fleeting moment, it’s just him and the president — two Republicans and two Democrats since he began the tradition in 1989 — shaking hands in a show of support for the leader of the free world.
Engel could be someplace else Tuesday night, when President Trump strides down the House’s center aisle to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress. It’s not technically called a State of the Union this early in a presidential term, but Trump’s speech will have the same bells and whistles.
Engel has not decided yet what to do; he did not decide to attend Trump’s inauguration until the day before. Other Democrats who have previously angled for prime seats have decided to distance themselves from Trump, whose first month in office has prompted outrage from most congressional Democrats.
“I have no desire to sit on the aisle and shake the president’s hand,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.), who has traditionally positioned himself just off the aisle and leaned over his colleagues to get a moment with the president. Not this time. He’ll be in the chamber, but far away from the aisle.
Well, bully for him. Remember when Joe Wilson shouted at Barack Obama for blatantly lying during a SOTU:
Democrats reacted in horror. But now, snubbing the new president -- and telling the world about it -- just because your nose is still out of joint is apparently A-OK. Because, after all, Trump has nobody to blame but himself:
This is just the latest example of how Trump has scrambled the most basic of traditions in Washington. On Jan. 20, for Trump’s inauguration, a third of House Democrats publicly declared they were boycotting the swearing-in ceremony, led by civil rights icon John Lewis (D-Ga.), who declared Trump an illegitimate president because of alleged Russian meddling with the 2016 election contest.ii
Drain the Swamp Mr PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump and don't worry about the liberal/socialist idiots in the US Congress not wanting to shake your hand . If you keep your promise and Drain The Swamp those liberal/socialist idiot in the US Congress will be gone in a few months anyway .
I wouldn't trust any of them shaking the PRESIDENT'S hand.....they may have the same kind of poison on them that killed the north Korean guy...........
no way....I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw an elephant........
DRAIN THE SWAMP MR. PRESIDENT......
if you have to shake their hands....WEAR RUBBER GLOVES.....just sayin...!!!!!!
Good point, they will not stop at anything it is feasible.
What has happened to civility, and courtesy, yes, even good sportsmanship when you lose and diplomacy. No wonder they say the Dems are a party of 8 year olds. Children of the CORN?
Democrats are the problem. They are little immature babies that can't handle defeat and because of this are not willing to work across the aisle to make America better again. They are deliberately trying their best to make sure Trump does not succeed further dividing our country even more. The nice thing about it is they are making sure a Democrat never gets into office again.
the democratic party is a misnomer, it is anything but democratic. the new unimproved far left democratic party of today should be rebranded as the seditionist socialist party and is an unholy brew of far leftist/elitist socialists/liberals/anarchists/seditionists who are hell bent on doing little more than destroying this country with their radical socialist ORWELLIAN agenda. I for one have no inclination to shake the hand of anyone who wishes to completely step away from the American constitution towards a socialist oligarch dystopian society-in retrospect I would be more likely to shackle their hands as opposed to shake their hands
It never ceases to amaze me these days how democrats/liberals, no matter what their age, can be SOOOOO childish, immature, disrespectful, and frankly, just TOTAL ASSES. What happened to the days of "good sportsmanship"? All team members shook the opponents hands even though you didn't agree? These people have ZERO social etiquette skills. No grace. No honor. No civility. NO CLASS. You'd think they were ALL brought up in the millennial/snowflake generation...
do not mistake the democrats seditionist behavior for a lack of etiquette!! the words LOYAL OPPISITION is purposely LEFTED OUT of their agenda deliberately so. their ideological direction and or political mindset is that of sedition, for they are by definition seditionist-they do not want co-operation nor do they want compromise no, what they want is total control of you everyone and everything. the Obama agenda is still being maintained by those in attendance of the shadow gov't and this shadow movement is indefectible and incessant towards it's ultimate goal which is nothing less than total control of America! .......Soros, Obama, Clinton are all apart of this shadow gov't and they are not going to go quietly into that good night-the fight is far from over, to think otherwise is naiveté
They created the millennial/snowflake so now that their works are exposed what do you think they would do, but also expose who they really are and have been all their adult lives.