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 RichmondDeGette drops challenge to Clyburn in Dem leadership race Marcia Fudge under spotlight as Pelosi Speaker fight heats up Top Dems quickly announce leadership intentions MORE (D-La.) said on Wednesday the group is pondering a potential boycott or demonstration of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: WHCA picking non-comedian for headliner a 'good first step' Five takeaways from Mississippi's Senate debate Watergate’s John Dean: Nixon would tell Trump 'he's going too far' 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 LewisOvernight Energy: EPA official steps down after indictment on ethics charges | Sanders to hold town hall on climate | Zinke slams 'environmental radicals' for fires John Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push Pelosi, potential challenger Fudge hold 'candid' discussion MORE (D-Ga.), Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHouse Democrat agenda, led by minimum wage, threatens economic prosperity Community banks a bipartisan touchstone for new Congress Dem women rally behind Pelosi MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonJuan Williams: Trump is AWOL on our troops Pelosi, potential challenger Fudge hold 'candid' discussion Trump, Obamas and Clintons among leaders mourning Aretha Franklin 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."