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
My hope and prayer is that all the demoncrats go home and never return to the congress, the senate or our country. As far as I am concerned they have voided their rights of citizenship.Let's buy them a one-way ticket to Moscow.
Shaking hands with a chimp might look cute, but it has no meaning. Shaking hands with a democrat is even more meaningless.
Prosecute them. That has substance and meaning. It is what the law demands if it is to be upheld at all. America can never be made great unless it is done.
Such disrespect for The President of The United States of America
Not only here in our own country but from leaders of governments that are our allies.
With friends like this who needs enemies :)
Who wants to shake their scumbag hands anyway.
Maybe President Trump does not want to shake hands with:
Traitors, Liars, Thieves, Con Artist, Fake Representatives, Trolls, Scum of the Earth, AntiAmericans, Communist, etc...
Men, you said it just right. The democrat is showing their true colors.
OH SURE . . . . I'll shake hands. But first, let me put my gloves on
I wouldn't shake these anti American, Bolshevik hands, many of them are Pizza-Gate Pedophiles like Podesta and the Clintons.