Congressional Black Caucus chair: Members will 'stare racism in the face' at Trump SOTU

Congressional Black Caucus chair: Members will 'stare racism in the face' at Trump SOTU
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The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said Tuesday that members of the caucus who attend President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report MORE’s State of the Union address will “stare racism in the face.”

Rep. 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 Tuesday at a news conference that Trump has made the country “less safe for people of color,” according to CNN.

"The President has taken every opportunity to divide this country along racial lines," Richmond said. “Words matter. President Trump's racist rhetoric makes the county less safe for people of color by encouraging and emboldening and pandering to those who wish to do harm to others based on the color of their skin."

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Richmond said that many CBC members are boycotting the speech and that he has heard a “rumor” that some may walk out of the speech, but that he does not know of any who have said they would walk out.

Several Democratic lawmakers have said they will boycott the president’s first State of the Union. Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Video depicting Trump killing media, critics draws backlash Backlash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics Cindy McCain condemns video of fake Trump shooting political opponents, late husband MORE (D-Calif.), a member of the CBC, will give a response to the speech on BET. The official Democratic Party response to the speech will be given by Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyOcasio-Cortez taps supporters for donations as former primary opponent pitches for Kennedy The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Rep. Joe Kennedy has history on his side in Senate bid MORE III (D-Mass.).

Richmond also called for Trump to apologize for his “shithole countries” remark about immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations and for his attacks on NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

"If he wants to project tonight unity in this country then he would apologize,” Richmond said.