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.
TRUMP -> WHY DOES ANTIFA NEVER ATTACK BIKERS FOR TRUMP?
President insults leftists during social media summit
President Trump insulted Antifa activists during his social media summit speech, asking why they never target people who can defend themselves like Bikers for Trump.
The president made reference to the Antifa attack on gay Asian journalist Andy Ngo in Portland last month.
“Do you ever notice they pick on certain people?” asked Trump.
"Did you ever notice they don't come after Bikers For Trump?"@realDonaldTrump calls out ANTIFA for the wussies that they are.
“He would tell you he’s not the toughest person physically in the world – they don’t go after Bikers For Trump, you ever notice that, they don’t go after our construction workers who love us, they don’t go after the police,” he added.
Trump went on to further insult far-leftists, joking, “They live in the basement of their mom’s home,” while asserting that they all had skinny arms.
“But they have the black masks on and they have sticks, they hit people in the face, in the head.”
“But you ever notice Antifa’s never there when we have a bikers rally….they’re never around, they’re always there when you have a single guy protesting in front of a school,” said Trump.
Trump then made reference to his administration’s move to withdraw federal funding from educational institutions that don’t allow free speech on campus.