Dems to invite sexual assault survivors as guests to Trump's State of the Union: report

Dems to invite sexual assault survivors as guests to Trump's State of the Union: report
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Some House Democrats are planning to invite sexual assault survivors as their guests to President TrumpDonald John TrumpIran claims it rejected Trump meeting requests 8 times ESPY host jokes Putin was as happy after Trump summit as Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup Russian ambassador: Trump made ‘verbal agreements’ with Putin MORE’s first State of the Union address, according to a new report.

An aide to Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelDem lawmaker brings coat hanger to briefing to denounce Trump's Supreme Court pick The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Protests and anger: Washington in turmoil as elections near Dem generation gap widens MORE (D-Fla.) told NBC News that some Democrats are planning the invitations to bring awareness to the issue.

"Some members will be bringing survivors of sexual assault and advocates as their guests," the aide told NBC News.

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The report comes on the heels of Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierDems demand answers on Pentagon not recognizing Pride Month Overnight Defense: VA pick breezes through confirmation hearing | House votes to move on defense bill negotiations | Senate bill would set 'stringent' oversight on North Korea talks Overnight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases MORE (D-Calif.) saying Tuesday that she and other female House members are inviting lawmakers to wear black to Trump’s State of the Union in solidarity with the anti-sexual harassment “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements.

"This is a culture change that is sweeping the country and Congress is embracing it," Speier told The Hill in a statement.

Speier said the Democratic Women’s Working Group, which includes all of the female House members, was encouraging lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to wear black to the event, and that support is very high.

More than a dozen women came forward to publicly accuse Trump of sexual harassment during his 2016 presidential campaign.

Last month, three of the women banded together for the first time to call for a congressional investigation into Trump.

One Democrat, Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDems introduce bill to eliminate ICE, shift duties elsewhere 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol The farm bill fails animals in need MORE (Ore.), announced last week that he would boycott Trump’s address.

“Rather than listening to yet another destructive and divisive speech by Trump, I will not attend this year’s annual address to Congress,” he said in a statement. “Instead, like I did during Trump’s Inauguration, I will be working here at home listening to Oregonians about what they think about the State of the Union.