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
© Greg Nash

The chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said Tuesday that members of the caucus who attend President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE’s State of the Union address will “stare racism in the face.”

Rep. Cedric RichmondCedric Levon RichmondPressure on K Street to reflect growing diversity in Congress DeGette dropped from chief deputy whip spot Pelosi divides Democrats with term-limit proposal 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 WatersOn The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction Financial system can forge bipartisanship in Congress Ocasio-Cortez, freshmen poised to take on Wall Street 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 KennedySanders to deliver his own response to Trump speech Marriott says data breach impacted fewer guests, but millions of passport numbers were exposed The 15 Democrats who voted against Pelosi 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.