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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE’s first State of the Union address, according to a new report.

An aide to Rep. Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelLawmakers wear white to State of the Union to show solidarity with women Trump will give State of Union to sea of opponents Democratic group asks women to wear white to State of the Union 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 SpeierFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Joe Kennedy introduces resolution rejecting Trump’s transgender military ban Overnight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis 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 ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Businesses need bank accounts — marijuana shops included Dem senator introduces S. 420 bill that would legalize marijuana 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.