Fifth Dem announces plan to boycott Trump's State of the Union

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Monday announced she plans to boycott President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE's State of the Union address to Congress at the end of the month, joining a handful of other Democratic lawmakers who are skipping the annual event.

"I'm here on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to say I will not be going to the State of the Union," Jayapal said in a video posted on social media.

"I think it is absolutely unacceptable to see the racism and the hatred coming out the White House in a way in which this president is fueling the flames of divisiveness across our country," she added.

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She pointed to Trump's recent controversial remarks in which he reportedly described several nations as "shithole countries" during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers on immigration reform, referring to immigrants from African countries, Haiti and El Salvador.

Jayapal blasted Trump for "demeaning entire countries [by] calling them remarkably vulgar terms."

The Washington lawmaker joins Democratic Reps. John LewisJohn LewisThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same CBC marks 400th anniversary of slaves' arrival in US GOP buys JonOssoff.com after Democrat launches Georgia Senate bid MORE (Ga.), Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Democratic rep reconsiders wearing trademark hats because of 'racists who taunt me' MORE (Fla.), Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerCoalition of farmers and ranchers endorses Green New Deal Marijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Overnight Energy: Democrats call for Ross to resign over report he threatened NOAA officials | Commerce denies report | Documents detail plan to decentralize BLM | Lawmakers demand answers on bee-killing pesticide MORE (Ore.) and Maxine Waters (Calif.) in skipping the president's address, with many citing Trump's recent remarks. 

Jayapal said those boycotting the event will host their "own State of Our Union to talk about our opposition to these racist policies that are being put out of the White House and to make sure we put out our own aggressive vision of what our America looks like as we take it back."

Other Democratic lawmakers have announced they will protest the president's speech in other ways. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other female Democrats say they plan to wear all black in solidarity with sexual harassment victims to honor the "Me Too" movement. 

The White House did not initially deny the "shithole countries" remarks, which were confirmed by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), but Trump later took to Twitter on Friday to say he "never" made such comments.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems," Trump tweeted on Friday.

Critics of the president say his alleged "shithole" remarks serve as proof that Trump harbors racist views, a claim Trump has pushed back against.

“No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” Trump told reporters on Sunday.