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 TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 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 (D-Ga.), Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Manufacturing group leads coalition to urge Congress to reauthorize Ex-Im Bank Democrats' impeachment message leads to plenty of head-scratching MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. 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 (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."