CBC chairman ponders boycott, demonstration during State of the Union

CBC chairman ponders boycott, demonstration during State of the Union
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Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondTwo former Congressional Black Caucus chairmen back Biden Election security funds caught in crosshairs of spending debate Lawmakers weigh responses to rash of ransomware attacks MORE (D-La.) said on Wednesday the group is pondering a potential boycott or demonstration of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE's State of the Union address to Congress at the end of the month. 

"We will decide in that meeting and discuss how we want to respond to the president's State of the Union. We could go, we could go and walk out, we could go and hold up fists ... or we could not go, or we could hold our own State of the Union," Richmond told BuzzFeed News's "AM to DM." 

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"So there's a million options we could do, but I think the most important part is to let people out there know that we're still here, we're still fighting, we really don't care what he thinks about us."

Richmond told the news organization the CBC was scheduled to meet at noon on Wednesday to discuss what course of action they would take as a group. 

Trump has faced fierce backlash in recent days for reportedly calling African nations, Haiti and El Salvador "shithole countries" during an Oval Office meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of senators. 

Various congressional Democrats, including CBC members, have announced they will not attend the president's annual address. 

Civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocrats ramp up oversight efforts over 'opportunity zone' incentive The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Detroit police chief calls Tlaib facial recognization idea 'racist' MORE (D-Ga.), Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse passes Ex-Im Bank reboot bill opposed by White House, McConnell White House, McConnell come out against House bill on Ex-Im Bank Divides over China, fossil fuels threaten House deal to reboot Ex-Im Bank MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonBlack lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress MORE (D-Fla.) have all said they will not attend the speech. 

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Monday became the fifth Democrat to announce she would not attend Trump's address, saying Trump was "fueling the flames of divisiveness across our country."