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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 Trump’s State of the Union address will “stare racism in the face.”

Rep. Cedric Richmond (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.”

{mosads}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 Waters (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 Kennedy 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.

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