Two Georgia Dems plan to skip Trump’s State of the Union

Two Georgia Dems plan to skip Trump’s State of the Union
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Two Georgia Democrats are planning to skip President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE's State of the Union address next week.

The offices of Reps. John LewisJohn LewisManchin 'can't imagine' supporting change to filibuster for voting rights House ethics panel decides against probe after Hank Johnson civil disobedience Constitutional rights are the exception MORE and Hank JohnsonHenry (Hank) C. JohnsonHouse ethics panel decides against probe after Hank Johnson civil disobedience Jackson Lee is third CBC member in three weeks to be arrested protesting for voting rights 'Good Trouble': Black caucus embraces civil disobedience MORE confirmed to The Hill Thursday that they would not be in attendance on Feb. 5.

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“I have a problem with defiling the Speaker’s chair in the House of Representatives,” Johnson told AJC. “I don’t want to see it lowered, as is what happens when Donald Trump comes to our floor and starts talking about groups of people, particularly Latinos, and disparaging them as a people.” 

“I’d rather be somewhere else,” he added. 

Civil rights hero Lewis is continuing his standing boycott of Trump's speeches.

Lewis was also one of the many Democrats to not attend the annual speech last year.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams is set to deliver her party's response to Trump's speech.

Abrams is seen as a rising star in the party after her contentious loss to Brian Kemp (R) in Georgia's gubernatorial election last year.

Abrams is considered a potential candidate next year for the seat currently held by Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) following her unsuccessful run.

Darcy Palder and Margaret Cullen contributed to this report.